I learned to needlepoint and hand sew as a young age, young enough I don't remember learning hoe to thread a needle. I learned embroidery first, then cross stitch. My mother was afraid if we learned cross stitch first, we'd never learn the fancier stitches. I used a pattern, but not the pre-printed kind. (I never like the way they look for cross stitch).
I entered it in our county fair, but this one didn't place.