I learned a valuable lesson from Woodlawn. I did not win a ribbon, but I realized I don't need ribbons to affirm my talent. I have friends who care about me, who saw all the work that goes into things, that support my efforts. Which is not to say that I would have not been tickled with a ribbon, but, let's be honest, there is only so much you can do to improve your stitching. My stitching all faces the same direction, it's clean, I had it professionally framed and chose a challenging piece. I can't do any more than that. And if the judges didn't choose to reward it with a ribbon because it wasn't "perfect", oh well. There is nothing I can or would do better on it. And it's given people a lot of pleasure, plus I value the comments made by people I know or at least know of than judges I have no knowledge of.
Anyway, it was a nice day at the show. It was warm, and I met with Pat, Pam, Karen, and Bluedragon. Lots of fun!