2012 Bookmark Challenge

April 6 – May 4

Celebrate reading and stitching! Join participating independent needlework shops, guild, and Web communities, and stitch a bookmark that will be donated to a library or school during Children’s Book Week to reward reading accomplishments.

It’s a snap.

Step 1: Stitch a bookmark (or two, or three…). Any hand-stitched bookmark counts:

  • any pattern (one you purchase or one you make up)
  • on any ground (perforated paper, aida, linen, canvas, etc.)
  • with any fibers (cotton, silk, metallics, beads, etc.)
  • using any needlework technique (cross stitch, blackwork, hardanger, etc.)

Step 2: Drop off or mail your bookmark to a participating needlework shop, guild, or community between April 6th and May 4th. (Or any time of year, most participants collect bookmarks year-round.)

Want to do more?

  • Participate in Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy events at your local needlework shop and/or library.
  • Teach someone how to stitch a bookmark.
  • Start a Read-and-Stitch Club.
  • Spread the word about the program to your friends and family, on your blog, and in your newsletter.
  • Participate on the Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy blog.
  • Read! And tell us on the blog what you’re reading.


Raising Money for Literacy

Independent designers donate to literacy projects at least 10% of profits from specially-designed bookmark patterns bearing a Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy logo. When you purchase these patterns, you, too, are supporting literacy.

New for 2009: Going, Going, Gone! from Funk & Weber Designs.


The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio, a class at The Stitchers’ Village.


Bookmarks and Banners by Cross Eyed Kat.


Funk & Weber Designs


My Mark Designs


Rosewood Manor



Shop owners, find detailed information and tools for participating in the Bookmark Challenge Kit on the Funk & Weber Designs Web site.

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