I finished this little pumpkin sampler in the fall of 2006. This was my first attempt at things like lazy daisy stitches and petite cross stitches. This was also my first time stitching with silk thread. It was hard to get used to as it was much slicker than cotton thread! I also paid to have this professionally framed-first time for that too. I was so pleased with the way that it turned out that I decided the $40.00 it cost me to have it framed was worth it. I would love to learn how to frame things well some day. Framers really do have a skill that takes a lot of patience and practice.