Stitching for Literacy Book Thong Update

Stitching for Literacy book thong sample

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.

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