Okay, I said I would find it...and I found it...oh boy, did I find it!
Just the other day, I posted a picture of my Girl Scout needlework badge. Being an unforgiving perfectionist when it comes to any project I undertake, it's as challenging as it is fun to look at the very first piece of needlework I ever finished.
I was 9 years old. I chose a needlepoint of a Monarch butterfly & some flowers as my first project. I had to do several stitching related projects to earn my badge, but this was the last one I had to finish in order to get it. This project took the longest.
I am so happy that my Mom decided to save this, along with the dozens of pencil holders and macaroni necklaces that I made at school during my childhood. I need to find a good way to preserve this somehow...and I'm not sure how to do that, actually, since I somehow thought it was a good idea to cut the extra fabric off once I was done. LOL. Looking in my Junior Girl Scout handbook (which I still have, by the way), I can see that framing or stitching the finished work into a pillow was NOT required to earn the badge. LOL
At any rate, here is the picture of my very first finish...warts and all. Stitches going all different ways, stitches missing, etc. Here it is. It's so horrible looking, but I still couldn't be more proud. :-)