"X" is for X-stitch. A slight cheat, I know, but I am having alphabet fatigue. At one point in the past, I was really into cross-stitch. I even designed a few samplers. I think what appealed to me was the orderly nature of the technique, a sharp contrast to my life at the time. Just last Spring I was lucky enough to take one of the Behind the Scenes tours at the Smithsonian Institution. A lovely woman gave me, along with three other people, an up-close look at the Museum's sampler collection. No photographs were allowed, but I took copioud notes and enjoyed the morning completely. Here are some of the samplers I stitched about 15 years ago.