Needle and ThREAD

Needle & ThREAD Update

I introduced the Needle & ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy program at the TNNA NeedleArts Market earlier this month. I couldn’t have asked for a better reception; everyone was thrilled and eager to participate. The project is growing and gaining momentum, taking on a life of its own. I’m not so much pushing it as I am trying to keep up!

We’ve got a logo now, for patterns and products associated with the campaign. I’ve invited other designers to participate by designing bookmarks of their own. I will provide the logo for others to use in exchange for a commitment to donate to libraries, schools, and literacy projects a minimum of 10% of profits from sales of anything bearing the logo. That way each designer has the option of choosing a local library, school, or literacy program.

Here’s the logo. The words and book are on a transparent background so they can be used with a variety of colored backgrounds. I used this green background for our first Needle & ThREAD bookmark pattern, which is stitched and printed, but under wraps until August. The shop owners who attended TNNA got to see it, and those who took my class have the pattern and can stitch it, but that’s it until August. Shhhhhh!


Many thanks to Linda K. Stanek for the book image. She drew it with pastels based on this sorry doodle by yours truly.


Now you know why I’m so grateful. Yay Linda!

And this is a sign that I hope you will see in your local shop sometime in August or September


Now what I have to do is whip this site into shape. I need to figure out (again) how to put the logo in the header, and I need to create a page that explains the program and bookmark challenge. It’s coming. I finally got the Nancy Drew book images on my writing site today.

And speaking of Nancy Drew, I’ve seen the books at last! You can read about it here.

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  1. The design is beautiful! I don’t want to wait until August! It sounds like this idea was both original and unique. And darn good on top of it all. Congrats on getting to see the book. Farmington isn’t rich in bookstores, but I will check the Waldenbooks and Hastings to see how enlightened they are. Welcome home, I’m sure it feels great after such an eventful journey.

  2. It *is* great to be home, but I like to travel, too. My roots run wide and shallow, not deep. I like being in different places, and I especially like that I can *work* in different places, although I have to admit it’s a bit harder.

    Let me know if you find the books. I haven’t seen them in a single brick-and-mortar bookstore; I’ve only seen them available online. With 75,000 in print, they’ve got to be in a few book stores, right?