Needle and ThREAD

Stitching for Literacy Update

This model bookmark uses several edge and finishing techniques that are taught in the Bookmarks 101: Simple, Smart, and Swanky Finishes class. Class registration is open. The class begins on February 8 and runs through March 8.

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, one goal was to e-mail all Bookmark Challenge Participants to ask them to join the Stitching for Literacy Yahoo Group. Done.

Another goal was to continue matching the remaining sixteen libraries on my would-like-to-receive-bookmarks list. Not done because I don’t have commitments from potential participants, but I have now contacted a potential participant for each library on the list, and I’m pretty happy with the effort. Not that I consider myself finished, of course. I just got a note from one potential participant that is nicely encouraging, but I’m not ready to cross off sixteen and write fifteen.

In other news, two more shops have accepted the Challenge: Inspired Needle, LLC in IL and The World in Stitches in MA. If either of these shops is near you, please stop in and see if you might be able to help. Of course, if you haven’t decided where you will send your bookmarks, here are two new places to consider.

As you know, the weekly Update post is all about program promotion. Well, I’m not the only one doing it, and hooray for that. The more people who spread the word, the more successful this program will be: we’ll collect more bookmarks and more kids will receive them, more light will be shed on the importance of literacy.

Check out this post from Monique at Inside Number Twenty, and then check out what Tam at Tam’s Creations did here.

This is how you can help. Tell someone about the program. If you frequent a stitchy message board, mention the program there. If you have a blog or website, grab the logo and post it. If you subscribe to a stitchy magazine, send a letter to the editor about the program.

One person can do only so much. Together, we can do a lot.

I did not finish this year’s Outreach pattern last week, so I guess I’ll make that this week’s goal. That and putting the readergirlz program into action.

What are your goals for this week?

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