Do you ever think about why you stitch?
I can remember even way back in high school admiring needlepoint and cross stitch samplers that I'd seen then.
I think my favorite stithcing "genre" has always been samplers (although I enjoy manyother types too). I love the symmetry, the colors, the old sayings, the history, etc. and imagine those little girls way back when sitting there doing their stitching...when maybe some of them would have rather been outside with their brothers. lol!
I enjoy starting a new project, finishing an old one, and just the process of stitching, the tactileness and rhythm. I even love leafing through my stitching leaflets, magazines, etc. dreaming of starting more projects. Stitching is often comforting when things aren't going well. When looking at a certain piece, I can sometimes remember what was going on in my life while I was stitching it. When I'm stitching for someone else, I think of them while stitching the piece and sometimes say a small prayer for them.