Games + Embroidery = Happy Holidays!
Some days I create games and puzzles. Some days I design embroidery patterns. And some days I get mixed up and embroider puzzles. I love those days—all of them!
Brain games and embroidery are two of my favorite things, and here’s a great way to indulge in both this holiday season.
Use the code FUNKWEBER at www.ThinkFun.com and cross train your brain.
Last year, I had the pleasure of testing three Brain Fitness games for ThinkFun: Chocolate Fix
, Rush Hour
, and Solitaire Chess. I loved the games, and always played longer than was required. In fact, I’m still playing though the testing period is long over. I just re-played all the Expert-level Chocolate Fix games, and Solitaire Chess continues to kick my butt. I have, however, learned that the horses are called “knights,” not the guys that appear to be wearing armor helmets. The armored guys are “bishops.” But why, I ask you, are bishops wearing helmets instead of miters?
Can you tell I’m not a chess player?
ThinkFun has addictively fun games for all ages—kids, adults, and seniors—that are designed to challenge minds and sharpen skills through logic, deductive reasoning, and creative thinking. Of course I’m a fan, and I suspect you will be, too.
Coupon Code and Free Shipping
I contacted ThinkFun about promoting their games during this holiday season, and they generously offered the coupon code, FUNKWEBER (all caps), for 10% off orders placed on their website. In addition, US orders over $50 get free shipping. Suh-weet!
A Gift For You
But wait—there’s more!
ThinkFun games make awesome gifts, which many of us are looking for this time of year. But is your own name on your gift list? Well, is it?
I didn’t think so.
I want to put your name on your own gift list, and here’s how we’re going to do it.
Tilt the embroidery to read the answer to the question.
- Place an order at ThinkFun using the code FUNKWEBER for 10% off
- Forward your receipt to me
- Get a free Funk & Weber Designs puzzle pattern—or two!
Orders Under $50 Get…
Orders under $50 receive the new Got Questions? pattern ($5 value). One side asks, “Got questions?” The other side answers in a puzzle-y way.
Finish the design as a bookmark, tag, or ornament—instructions included.
This is a digital pattern and will be sent as an email attachment.
Orders Over $50 Get…
What in the World? by Funk & Weber Designs on the cover of Games magazine.
If your ThinkFun order is over $50, in addition to free shipping in the US from ThinkFun, you’ll get the Got Questions? pattern ($5 value) plus the digital version of our What in the World? puzzle pattern ($12 value), from the cover of Games magazine. Nineteen cells provide close-up images of things found in nature. How many can you identify?
This is a digital pattern and will be sent as an email attachment.
Explore the games at ThinkFun—you can even play some online—use the code FUNKWEBER to get 10% off your order, then forward your receipt to mail AT funkandweber DOT com to receive free cross stitch puzzle patterns!
Offer good through 12/31/2013
The theme for these squares was “circles and squares.” I’ve always loved creating circles in counted thread techniques because it’s fitting a round object in a square hole.
You know how I love to marry two seemingly unrelated ideas? And how I enjoy making connections between seemingly unrelated ideas? It happens all the time in my writing. I might need to make an idea fit a theme, or I might get suggestions from a critique partner or editor or client that I want to incorporate. Collaboration fosters the melding of ideas.
Every time we alter an embroidery pattern—changing colors, pulling out and combining elements from different patterns, finishing a piece in a manner different from what is demonstrated—we are essentially collaborating with the designer. Unexpected and wonderful things can come from this.
I remember seeing one of our Let There Be Night Stitchlings stitched in brown thread on a white opalescent background. My first thought was “That’s not at all what I had in mind,” maybe even “that’s weird; who would think of such a choice?” But the reality was that it was not only beautiful, but interesting and even appropriate. The opalescent white fabric looked and felt like snow shimmering in the moonlight. The brown needlework felt and looked like an old-time sepia photo. I wish I had taken a picture of it.
Collaborate with me to create 10×10 squares for Stitching for Literacy book thongs.
A few months ago, while visiting Karen (Arctic Needle) and preparing for a guild meeting the following day, we collaborated on some 10 x 10 squares for the Stitching for Literacy Book Thong project. We each started a pencil doodle (or three) on a piece of graph paper, then traded and completed each others doodle for a 10 x 10 pattern for the bookmarks. Karen pushed me toward asymmetry, and I liked the result.
We had so much fun with the project, we had all members do it at the guild meeting the following day. I wouldn’t call all the results slam dunks, but several were—I’ve stitched a few. Best of all, it was interesting and surprising, and I again felt pushed to create something I would never have come up with on my own. I like that feeling!
I’d like to do the same here. I’m going to offer some starts to possible 10 x 10 designs for the four squares on the base book thong, as well as some starting themes and stitch ideas. I’d like you to finish them. Download the Stitching for Literacy 10×10 Collaboration pdf, print, and complete.
Take a picture of your finishes (sketched or stitched) and tell me what you think of them. Was it fun? Do you like any of the results?
Book Thong Base
Need to download the book thong base? Do it!
We shot new images for the Make Pearl event—the lighting is so much better here—and I’m in love with this one. I want to marry it.
All of them homemade.
These are all made by hand, in minutes—the itty-bitty ones and the crazy giant ones. Well, the crazy giant ones take a little longer than the wee ones. Aren’t they cool? And so fun to make! Unlike twisted cord, these do not unravel.
Yes, yes, I’ll show you how. I’m working on it. It’d be a lot faster and easier if you were just here, you know.
What would you do with these fibers?
Or pearl silk. And a variety of other way-cool pearl-like fibers.
Hand-made, multi-colored pearl cotton.
Do you know that you can make pearl fiber?
And do you know it’s totally easy and big-time fun?
And do you know that once you get the basics down, you can go all kinds of Nuts with it to create some wildly interesting, fully functional fibers?
Well. Now you do.
I’m going to teach you how to do this cool new thing by doing a cool new thing myself: host a live Nutty event. I’ve been attending webinars for ages. A few years ago, I presented at the Bookmark Collectors’ Virtual Bookmark Convention. Last year, I began holding webinars for my Alaska writing group. Now, I’m inviting my stitchy friends to join me (Why? Am I coming apart?) for some real-time, real-useful fun.
November 16, 2013
8:00 a.m. Alaska Time
Sign Up Here
That’s 12:00 noon Eastern
5:00 p.m. London
6:00 p.m. Oslo
1:00 a.m. Perth (Sorry, Australia, New Zealand, and other folks who will be sleeping.)
Please double-check my time conversions.
Why Make Pearl?
- Pearls are great fibers. They’re used for all kinds of stitching, including blackwork, Hardanger, needlepoint, cross stitch, and more.
- They’re more twisted and thicker than six-strand floss which makes them stronger, which makes them good for finishing edges, which tend to get more wear, tear, and general abuse.
- It can be hard to find pearls to match other fibers. Most hand-dyed, overdyed, and painted six-strand fibers don’t have matching pearls.
- It can be hard to find pearls in a wide variety of colors and sizes. You might get white, black, ecru, and red in size 5 at big box stores, but what about medium-light, bright-dark, ultra-very turquoise-red in sizes 3, 8, 12, or 16? What if what you really want is size 10? No one even makes that, do they? But you can. Suh-weet!
- When I travel, I don’t take bags and bags of fiber. I take six-strand floss and have it plus every size pearl.
- And the most important reason, the only one anyone needs: It’s fun!
From delicate silk pearl to perfect-for-klosters pearl to wild and wonky pearls–you’ll be able to make them all!
What’s This Fabulous Event and Info Going to Cost?
Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkiss. This one’s on me, kids. I really, really, really want you to come ’cause it’s going to be fun and this is a great technique we should all know.
How It Works
Here’s the way it’s gonna go down:
You sign up. Even if you can’t attend live—say, because you live in Perth, and it’ll be the middle of the night, and you’ve got two small children or cats who won’t understand that mommy/daddy needs to sleep all day Sunday—even if you can’t attend live, register anyway. I hope to record the
spectacle beautifully executed performance and party, and if that works, for a limited time, you’ll be able to check it out at a reasonable hour of your choosing.
So, Step 1: Sign up.
Step 2: You’ll get a reminder from our software provider, AnyMeeting.com, one day and one hour before the
debacle smooth-sailing event.
Step 3: You’ll follow the link in the reminder email to the webinar room where you’ll join the
mayhem fun. Come in your pjs if you’re just getting up, or bring your dinner if it’s that time for you.
- There will be video and audio (we hope), so a wired connection is best, i.e., it is best if you are plugged in to your router or modem rather than using a wireless setup.
- There will be a chat box in the lower left corner of your screen where you can type questions for me and notes to other participants.
- Our friend and fellow Nut, Karen, will be online to help monitor the chat and answer tech questions. We’ll all be figuring this out together, so please be patient and kind.
- Come a little early to get a feel for the room and find the chat box. I’ll open the room fifteen minutes before launch so we can get settled.
All right, what I have forgotten? You can bring some six-strand floss if you want to make some pearl right there in real time.
Got questions? Ask away!
Still haven’t signed up? Well, go do it: Sign up now! That one’s for you, Cassel!
Anyone here running out of wall space for framed needlework? I don’t have any actual evidence to back this up, besides my own history, but I would guess the number one way to finish a needlework piece is to frame it. Sometimes it’s the best possible choice—I’m not poo-pooing framing, for goodness sakes!—but sometimes I think we do it out of mere habit, or—dare I say it?—laziness or fear.
There are some down sides to framing:
- Wall space is limited
- Custom framing is expensive
- What we stitch may not match a room’s style or color
- We have to invite people over to show off our work, and that might mean (gasp!) cleaning
African Night displayed on a denim jacket instead of a wall.
There are alternatives. Tons of alternatives. Let’s see how many we can come up with.
Home: Afghan, quilt, towel, tablecloth, potholder, placemat, doily, bread cloth, napkin, napkin ring, mug, sippy cup, clock, magnet, mouse pad, switchplate, coaster, box, ruler, bell pull, pillow, stand-up figure, tray, wreath, nightlight, pin cushion, tin cover, picture frames or mats, rulers
Personal: Bookmark, tote bag, purse, keychain, hat, baby bib, baby booties, needle keeper, needleroll, scissor fob, scissor case, cell phone/eyeglass case, checkbook cover, clothing, brooch, bracelet, necklace/pendant, luggage tag, tags to personalize anything
Holiday: Ornament, card, tag, stocking, wreath
Ready-Made Blanks or DIY
Barrettes are some of my favorite things to make and one of my favorite ways to wear embroidery.
Ready-made blanks (stitchable items) are available for many of the items listed here. For instance, you can buy acrylic coasters, key chains, rulers, mugs, and pens or wooden trays, trivets, and boxes. All of these are designed to hold and display a piece of embroidery. Best of all, they’re quick and easy to assemble.
Pre-finished fabric items like bookmarks, place mats, baby bibs, towels, and afghans come with stitchable areas. All you have to do is the decorative embroidery; no piecing or hemming required to finish the item.
Or, as always, you can Do It Yourself. Yippee! That’s always my favorite way. Combine skills you have in other crafts with hand or machine stitching to craft a zillion different objects to adorn your life and express your style and ideas.
Do you have a way to finish needlework that is not listed? A unique idea you want to share? Then spill. We’d love to hear it!
The Great Outdoors uses both dark and self-colored outlines. In fact, the backstitching instructions are about a whole page long. When I stitched this, I had no intention of selling the pattern, so I was just doing what I liked.
Nancy asks, “What is the best color to outline a cross stitch picture when you have bright colors? It does not have outlining now, and I thought it would look better with some.”
I want to state up front that there is no single right answer to this question. In the end, trust your instincts and go with what you like.
That said, I tend to go two ways with backstitched outlines: dark or what I call “self-colored.”
By “dark” I mean black (DMC 310), dark gray (DMC 3799), dark brown (3371), or some other dark color. Black can sometimes be harsh, so I always give gray a look before making up my mind. I tend to like gray and black with brights, jewel tones, and cool colors (purple, blue, teal, green) and a dark brown with warm and natural colors (red, orange, yellow).
Do you see the discrepancy? “Brights” includes red, orange, and yellow, and while they are also warm colors for which I might choose a brown, when the palette is bright, I tend toward black/gray.
You mention bright colors, so I’d start with black and dark gray, especially if the palette includes both warm and cool colors.
The “self-colored” option is interesting. It might mean using the same color as a single-color object; it might mean using a contrasting color, but one that is in the multi-colored object (say, a blue tent with orange highlights might be outlined with the orange color); it might mean using a darker shade of the dominant color (a bright red outlined with a maroon-ish color, perhaps).
I know some people will ask, “What’s the point of outlining with a ‘self-color’?” Some people hate backstitching—I cannot relate!—and might think this pointless, even irritating, but backstitching, even in a self-color, defines a shape or line. It just does. Try it and see.
Oh, and you can combine dark and self-colored backstitching in a single piece.
What About Light-colored Outlines?
Most of the time, I’m not a fan of light-colored outlines. Backstitching with light colors highlights the holes between the stitches because they wind up comparatively dark. It looks like a dotted line instead of a smooth line.
Of course, there are times when such dotted lines might be called for and interesting.
If you really want to outline with a light color, consider long straight stitches or couching the fiber in place rather than backstitching.
What are your thoughts on outline colors for cross stitch?
In Praise of the Humble Backstitch
Fractional Stitches in Cross Stitch
Little Stitches That Have a Big Impact
What would Fall, In Pieces be without backstitching?
While we’re talking about time to stitch, I’m reminded of a needlepoint website that claims needlepoint is superior to cross stitch because needlepoint is “half the work.” Oh, yeah—that’s a quote! The tent/continental/basketweave stitch is half a cross stitch and thus requires half the effort and takes half as long to do. Furthermore, the site says, backstitch is rarely employed in needlepoint, hence, less work still!
You know what’s even less work and faster? Not stitching!
I’m not sure speed and less work are good goals for needleworkers. Yet, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard cross stitchers say they hate backstitching. When I ask why, the answer is “it takes too long.”
My experience is that backstitching goes faster than cross stitching. It often follows an outline which means referring to the pattern less often and concentrating less. It’s generally worked with one strand of floss, so there are no threads to align, and each stitch has just one leg, while a cross stitch has two. So backstitching isn’t slow compared to other stitches. If other stitches don’t “take too long,” how is it that backstitches do?
And the motion is the same: the needle comes up; the needle goes down. Our heart rates slow. Our minds quiet. In this light, stitching is stitching, no matter what stitch is employed.
Oh, yeah. It’d be Bev’s pillow! Bev put the puzzle together and chose to not do the puzzle-piece backstitching. Okay, you win…this time! This is a fine way and time to eliminate backstitching. I still like the puzzle option, of course, but I like this one, too.
What backstitch-haters mean, I think, is that the needlework seems as though it should be finished when all the crosses (or whatever stitches) are complete. Backstitching often requires going over stitches that have already been worked. More precisely, what backstitch-haters mean (I think—I’m not one of them) is, “I’m in a hurry to move on to the next project.” So, in reality, it’s not the backstitch’s fault. They get a bad rap because some stitchers are in a hurry.
But backstitches can serve a useful purpose. They smooth edges. They add detail which can make a project more intricate and interesting. As an outline, they make shapes stand out and can add depth. Stitch for stitch, I believe the humble backstitch can have more strength and impact than the more popular cross stitches. Consider a tree. A slew of brown and green stitches will convey the idea of a tree, but add a backstitched outline and some lines inside and suddenly the tree has branches and leaves. It seems more lifelike, dimensional, sophisticated, and elegant. That’s a huge gain from a few small stitches.
Hooray for backstitches!
The Neighborhood cross stitch pattern by Funk & Weber Designs.
Once upon a time, we caved to the pressure from backstitch-haters. The Neighborhood actually boasts on the cover, “No backstitches!” We did this to appease needlepointers and backstitch-haters, but we also did this because the piece is stitched on black fabric. That dark background mimics the effect of a dark backstitched line, so I got my dark outline anyway. (Yeah, I know. Some people don’t like stitching on dark fabric, either.)
In the end, instead of choosing projects (or techniques) because of the time they will take to complete, I hope you will choose them because you enjoy the process of stitching and like the way a particular piece looks. If backstitch is part of that look, I hope you will embrace those stitches the same way you embrace the others. Really, what’s the rush? Value the time that it takes to stitch; it’s time well spent.
Our Nut, Kate, from Baton Rouge, LA, adds that when possible, she backstitches as she progresses with the crosses, thereby reducing the “pile up” of backstitching at the end of a project. “This gives me a better feeling that the work is progressing and taking dimension, and it sparks my interest to do another section and backstitch it also.”
How do you feel about backstitching? Do you employ any handy tips and tricks to do them?
When I ask stitchers what their biggest needlework-related problem is, one answer I hear over and over is, “I don’t have time to stitch.” I once addressed this issue by offering tips for making use of tidbits of spare time, waiting time, and time when multitasking is possible.
- Keep bags of portable projects in your purse and in the car so you can stitch while waiting for appointments, attending meetings that require listening only, watching baseball games, etc. I find small projects like bracelets, bookmarks, tags, and zipper pulls perfect for this.
- Leave a project set up at home so that you can make use of ten minutes here and there (while tea water boils, for instance). I love my homemade floor stand because I just remove the dust cover, tighten the scroll bar, and start stitching. If you have to set up your project each time you want to stitch, you’ll need larger chunks of time.
These blanket-stitch edgings made great portable projects because they could be done in hand, eliminating the need for a hoop, and they required no pattern, eliminating yet another thing to carry along.
But I think there’s more to the time issue. We live in a culture that seems to equate “busy” with “important.” People flaunt their busyness with pride, bragging about exhaustion and hardship, pretending to wish to slow down. Conversations turn into competitions, participants one-upping each other about how much we have to do, how far behind we are, all the things we’re not getting done. The hours we spend running here and there in a frenzy are a measure of our success.
I think that’s nuts—and not the good, uppercase kind of Nuts.
We’re all busy. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and we all have more things we need to do, should do, and want to do during that finite amount of time. It all comes down to what we choose to do. You may want to disagree with that idea—you may want to claim that work demands you spend your time a certain way or your children require you to do certain things, but I maintain that you choose to let them. You make your job or your children or however you spend your time a priority.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing: If you have a newborn, I think it’s great that you choose to get up in the middle of the night to feed and change her. I, for one, am glad you make your infant a priority. If you’re an ER doctor on call, I’m glad you make treating the heart-attack patient a priority. If you’re a teacher, I’m glad you make staying after school to help a struggling student a priority. Maybe you consider these obligations, but they’re also choices. I think it’s important to own them as such. Acknowledge your priorities and choices. Having control of your time is a surprisingly simple matter of claiming that control.
That can be a hard thing to admit. In some cases, all available choices might stink—for some people, in some places, at some times, life can be horribly difficult, not to mention unfair. Sometimes the choice is to jump or go down with the ship. Bleh! Even then, we make a choice.
Once we claim control of our time, acknowledging that we choose how we spend it, we can evaluate the priorities we’ve set and alter them as we wish. If we don’t like the way we’re spending our time, or if we wish we had time for something that’s been neglected, we can make changes.
Small, portable projects: barrettes, bracelets, tags, zipper pulls, magnets. Again, edge stitching can be done in hand, sans pattern.
Do you really want to stitch? Do you believe there is value in stitching? We know it
- lowers a person’s heart rate
- develops and improves fine motor skills
- increases confidence and boosts self-esteem
- nurtures creativity and self-expression
- is cheaper than many other kinds of entertainment
- produces beautiful and useful objects
- connects individuals to the past and future
- contributes to our cultural legacy
- and more!
The big question is do you value your stitching time enough to make it a priority?
Take a good, honest look at how you’re spending your twenty-four hours. Is everything you’re doing more important to you than stitching? When you get right down to it, if you really want to stitch, if you genuinely value the experience and results of stitching, I’ll bet you can find some time in at least some of your days to do it.
I’ve taken to keeping a small project right here by the computer. (Right now, it’s a Stitching for Literacy book thong!) Whether it’s my slow Alaska connection, my dinosaur of a computer, a busy site, or downloading time, I find I have waiting time on the computer. I also listen to a number of webinars and watch tutorials. Hello, stitching time!
Look at your schedule. Where and when do you have time to stitch?
Have tips for finding or making stitching time? Spill, please!
Latest book-thong-top finish.
I finished a new Stitching for Literacy book-thong
top last night. I used regular old crosses for the center X and tried a chain stitch for the zig-zags. I didn’t love them at first—okay, I kind of hated them, especially the too-loose line on top, but they’re growing on me. From a distance, they’re starting to look like twisty ribbon to me.
It turns out I didn’t bring any stitch books with me—whoops!—so for the 10 x 10 squares, I’m limited to memory and making things up.
I used DMC 6-strand cotton for the base and Valdani 6-strand, hand-dyed silk (stolen from Karen—that’ll teach her to let me stay over) for the 10 x 10 squares. I made a pearl fiber using DMC and Valdani strands and stem-stitched the outline. (Do you know how to make pearl cotton—or pearl silk, or pearl silk-cotton, or perle? Want to learn on November 16th?)
Next up: a 10 x 10 bobble with the same fibers for the other end of the thong.
It’s super simple and quick, made with tidbits of time. I think it will make a cool bookmark for some graduating 5th grader, though. I hope you’ll make
one some, too! Instructions and base pattern are here. Further instructions to come.
Karen, Co-President of Arctic Needleworkers, avid reader, and tireless supporter of Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy.
While I no longer formally organize shop and guild participation in the Needle and ThREAD: Stitching For Literacy program, the Arctic Needleworkers EGA chapter here in Alaska has been stitching merrily along since the program inception in 2007. Thanks mostly to Karen Bente, co-president of our guild chapter and owner of the Arctic Needle shop, our group has donated hundreds of hand-stitched bookmarks to Anchorage public libraries and Mountain View Elementary School. We’re currently stitching bookmarks for Mountain View fifth graders who will graduate in 2014.
As the current Program Chair of the guild, I’ve implemented a new monthly bookmark program, and I want to invite you all to participate. It’s a heap of fun, and I love the resulting cross stitch and embroidered bookmarks! You can donate your bookmarks locally or send them to us. Our membership is tiny and the graduating class is large—we could use the help!
Send completed bookmarks to Arctic Needleworkers EGA, P.O. Box 240124, Anchorage, AK 99524-0124
Book Thong Stitchalong
Stitching for Literacy Book Thong project for 2013-14. A flexible pattern for exploring new designs, stitches, fabrics, and fibers.
We’re making these book thongs. Through the monthly program we will accomplish the following things:
- We’ll explore a variety of new stitches and materials.
- We’ll exercise our individual creativity in how we combine stitches and materials.
- We’ll learn and/or practice finishing techniques.
- We’ll create interesting and beautiful bookmarks for our Stitching for Literacy outreach project.
Stitch the Bookmark Base
This is the bookmark base. No, you don’t have to try to stitch from that itty-bitty image; you can download a pdf pattern.
You can use any fabric whatsoever and any fiber of any color.
Stitch the X in the center and the zigzag lines that radiate from it, dividing the square into four areas. Cross stitch and backstitch may be the obvious choices for these elements, but you can do something else. How about French knots for the X and couched Memory Wire for the zigzags? Oh, yeah…you’ve got options!
The solid line around the outer edge will become the outer edge of the piece when it is finished. Stitch around this edge using a backstitch, stem stitch, Portuguese knotted stem stitch, or border stitch of your choice using a #5 or #8 pearl fiber or something similar.
Do not stitch the yellow 10 x 10 squares. Yet.
The 10 x 10 Squares
The 10 x 10 squares indicated by yellow boxes will contain a variety of stitches and patterns. This is where we will do our monthly exploring, testing, and playing. We’ll try new stitches, make up our own patterns, and experiment with new fibers, beads, and whatever else strikes our stitchy fancies.
Make use of stitch guides and published patterns to get ideas and learn new stitches. In addition to your own exploring, I’ll post some 10 x 10 patterns and challenges here on the blog. Stay tuned!
As you’re stitching, feel free to send your thoughts, ideas, and pictures to me at mail AT funkandweber DOT com. I’d love to share them here.
The Thong Bobble
For every bookmark base you complete—and you can stitch as many as your heart desires—stitch a single 10 x 10 square on a scrap of fabric for the “thong bobble.” You can stitch an edge around it or not.
We’ll get to this later, so for the time being, just save your bases and bobbles.
Let’s Get Started!
Download the Stitching For Literacy Bookmark Base pdf for the base pattern and some 10 x 10 squares to get you started.
This is a wonderfully portable project. Put a scrap of fabric into a bag with some fiber scraps or a couple of skeins, a needle, the base pattern, and your scissors. My fabric scraps are small, so I tend to skip the hoop and just stitch in hand. Put the bag in your purse or car so you can make use of short bits of time while you’re waiting, attending meetings, or doing anything that allows multi-tasking. If you forget to take a pattern, make something up!
Students at Mountain View Elementary School select a hand-stitched bookmark to go with their brand new books. I see two of my bookmarks in there!
Still Donating Profits
We’re also still donating a portion of profits from our cross stitch bookmark patterns to literacy charities. Orders of printed patterns won’t be filled until November 2013, but digital patterns are available all the time!
Stitching for Literacy cross-stitch bookmark patterns by Funk & Weber Designs.