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Stitching for Literacy Update

A bookmark by Becca. This was her Final Exam piece for the Bookmarks 101 class. She says, “I painted the fabric, but it is sheer chance that the silver streak on the top looks like smoke and the paler part on the bottom resembles snow.”

The house (Becca calls it an “element,” but I’m calling it a house since the silver streak is smoke) in the center is only attached at the top, so it dangles and has movement (so it’s a mobile home). The pattern is adapted from a Perler Beads design; Becca interpreted every bead as a block of four stitches. The tail utilizes her celtic knotwork. Don’t you love the creativity, and isn’t it beautiful?

And speaking of the Bookmarks 101 class, it’s being offered again at The Stitchers’ Village, February 8 – March 8, 2010, so those of you who felt it was too much to tackle during the Nov/Dec holidays can have a go before the 2010 Bookmark Challenge. Registration is not yet open, but I will let you know when it is.

The Monday “What have you done lately?” accountability post, where I announce my Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy program promotion goal for the week and fess up on last week’s goal.

Last week my goal was to contact NY and NJ guild chapters to solicit their help in making bookmarks with Tawny at Where Victoria’s Angels Stitch for the thirteen NYC schools and libraries that would like to participate in this year’s Challenge.

I found twelve ANG and EGA guild chapters in the NYC vicinity and sent personal e-mails to them all. I was surprised and happy to find so many.

I still have to look into NJ chapters.

I also wanted to continue work on matching the remaining seventeen or eighteen libraries.

I’ve located and contacted seven independent shops which I think are near seven of the schools/libraries. It takes a while to figure out where the different towns are in relation to each other to see what’s relatively close to where. It’s a good geography lesson.

I’m happy to report we have a new match! Melinda and crew at The Stitching Post in Baltimore, MD, have accepted the 2010 Bookmark Challenge and will partner with Windsor Hill Elementary/Middle. All right, Marylanders, let’s show Windsor Hill students how important we think reading is and how proud we are of them for reading–and make me proud of my MD roots.

This week, my goals are to continue matchmaking, add The Stitching Post to our Participants list, and design a new pattern for Outreach efforts.

How about you; do you have a goal for this week?

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