I haven't done very much cross stitch in my life, I've only really come to it just recently, but my very first attempt was many years ago. I've recently come across this first project again, though it never got finished.
My mum was giving cross stitch a go at the time, though she didn't finish her project either, she was more of a knitter. I'd seen my mum cross stitching and I wanted to have a go myself, so when it came to my birthday and my brother asking what I'd like, I asked him to buy me a cross stitch kit. I'm pretty sure he was in the army at the time, he joined at sixteen as a junior and left at the age of twenty one, which would make me between the ages of eight and thirteen. I don't think I could have been as young as eight, I was probably about eleven or twelve, so that's about forty years ago.
I got quite a bit of it done and then never picked it back up again. What a shame.
I thought I might finish it off as there isn't really all that much left to do and it's only a small piece but I'd stupidly left the needle in the fabric and over the years it's rusted, leaving a nasty mark. I've tried soaking it in Vanish but it hasn't brought it out and it's very near the stitching so it would be visible. I've read that lemon might do the trick but I don't know whether to bother or not.
I don't want to just put it back in the packet and put it away for another forty years, though I probably won't be here myself by then, so I need to make a decision, have another go at getting the mark off the fabric or call it a day. What would you do? It's not as though it's a big piece or anything special, it would have been nice to finish it off though. I really can't decide.