When I started doing needlepoint, I was an unemployed librarian/college professor. My first canvases were all counted on penelope canvas. Penelope because that was the canvas my best friend possessed and gave to me. It wasn't until I started working for Needle Nicely that I stitched on Zweigart mono or a painted canvas.
This piece, stitched from a chart in McCalls Magazine, was done on penelope canvas using Paternayan yarn. It was about the 6th canvas I needlepointed. My first was a stitch sampler, done in stripes, and then I did some different bargello patterns.