I started out with needlepoint in junior high (I think one of my aunts taught me the basics, but I'm not sure about that). By high school, my older sister and I were both doing little practice projects of basic embroidery stitches (no designs or anything, just learning the different types) in between our own projects (she did crewel while I was sticking with the needlepoint kits). (ETA: I also did a few latch-hooking projects--I still have the Santa-waving-from-the-chimney that I hang on my wall every Christmas.)
As I was finishing college, my sister had been doing counted cross stitch for a few years and taught me--she ended up getting away from it after she started working part-time at Jo-Ann Fabrics and collecting fabric for various sewing projects. I, however, continued on with the stitching and have ended up taking over her last UFO that she had abandoned years ago (I'm going to give it to our aunt, the one who I think taught me needlepoint).
I'm the only female in my family who never got into sewing (I can do a decent hem by hand-stitching it, but have never gotten comfortable with a sewing machine), so stitching is my only hobby that is sewing-related.
SQ Nova Totius map
Mill Hill: 2 candles, 1 angel, potting shed
Dimensions: 3 Cardinal Joy banners