stitch-n-pitch-logo.pngNeedle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy teams with The National NeedleArts Association’s STITCH N’ PITCH℠ program for the perfect triple play.

Stitch N’ Pitch brings together the two wonderful traditions of baseball and needlearts–a perfect double play. Come stitch a bookmark at a ball game! Keep it for your own use or donate it to the annual Bookmark Challenge. Beginners, intermediates, and experts are all welcome.


This Funk & Weber Designs bookmark is sure to be a hit with baseball fans! (Groan. Really, what did you expect?) It’s also a great project to stitch at games.

  • It comes in a handy-dandy kit so you have everything you need already gathered and sorted in a bag. Grab and go!
  • It’s stitched on a Tokens & Trifles card, so it’s small and easy to stitch in hand, no hoop or stretcher bars needed.
  • The bookmark is backed with card stock, perfect for collecting autographs of your favorite players.

Price: $16.25 (See the For Sale page for shipping prices.)

As with all Stitching for Literacy patterns, 10% of profits are donated to literacy programs.

Here at Stitching for Literacy, we’re adding a third tradition to STITCH N’ PITCH℠ for a perfect triple play: Reading. Check out these books for young (and not-exactly-young) baseball lovers, and combine one with a bookmark for a grand slam gift. Click through to the reviews to learn more about the titles.

Picture Books


  • Abner Doubleday: Boy Baseball Pioneer, by Montrew Dunham, illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Reviewed by The Reading Tub.
  • The Big Field, by Mike Lupica. A father-son baseball story. Reviewed by Fuse #8.
  • Dodger and Me, by Jordan Sonnenblick. Can a blue chimpanzee really help Willie become a better baseball player? Reviewed by The Reading Tub.
  • Free Baseball, by Sue Corbett. A boy runs away to become a bat boy for a Cuban baseball team in an effort to learn about his father. Reviewed by Jen Robinson.
  • Heat, by Mike Lupica. A boy’s dreams of a Little League championship are threatened when a rival coach questions his age. Reviewed by Jen Robinson.
  • Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli. A super-athletic teen confronts racism in a small town.
  • Mudville, by Kurtis Scaletta. Twenty-two years after a game between rivals was rained out, the rain finally stops. It’s time for a re-match. Reviewed by TheHappyNappyBookseller.
  • No Cream Puffs, by Karen Day. It’s 1980, and 12-year-old Madison becomes the first girl to play on a southern Michigan boys’ baseball team. Reviewed by Jen Robinson.
  • The Prince of Fenway Park, by Julianna Baggott. Who knew the secret to breaking the Curse of the Bambino lay with mysterious creatures living deep beneath Fenway Park? Reviewed by Reading Rumpus.
  • Samurai Shortstop, by Alan Gratz. Tanita S. Davis at Finding Wonderland says, “Detailed and deeply researched, this historical fiction underscores the place that baseball has held for years in Japan’s national consciousness.” Reviewed by Finding Wonderland, Elizabeth O. Dulemba.
  • Six Innings, by James Preller. A pitch-by-pitch account of a Little League championship game and the lives of the players between pitches. Reviewed by Jen Robinson.

Graphic Novel

  • Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, by James Sturm, illustrated by Rich Tommaso. Reviewed by Fuse #8.


For Adults

  • The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop., by Robert Coover. A lonely accountant creates an all-consuming fantasy baseball world.

  2 Responses to “STITCH N’ PITCH℠”

  1. […] OOooo! Holiday gift idea: this bookmark with one of these books. […]

  2. […] On to the fun news (business? bleh!). Last spring, when Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy partnered with TNNA’s Stitch N’ Pitch℠, Funk & Weber Designs began designing baseball bookmarks. As per our usual speedy schedule (ahem), we just released the first pattern at The Needlework Show, in time for off-season stitching–for those who can’t get enough baseball or who want to be ready for the 2010 season or perhaps for holiday giving (maybe with one of these books?). […]

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