I was lost at school practising cross stitch and everybody in germany keeps telling you it's the easiest. So I gave up. Then I found so many nice pictures on the web that I had to give it a try again. And these wonderful Japanese craft mags just teased me with so many nice projects, that I had to do it. No I am so happy stitching along and just can't stop. it is such a great pasttime whilst waiting for the children in front of a classroom to finish something or whilst chatting in the evening.