Cross Stitching: Family, Fundraising, and Fun

By Rachel Holder, M1, Class of 2023

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Three Cats at the Winter Window (Cross stitch)

I got into cross stitching because it was something my mom did for fun. When I was little, she always had needle and thread in her hands. She would cross stitch, sew clothes, and create beautiful felt stockings. One day, I asked if I could help, and I found I had a knack for stitching and sewing. We made scrunchies for my hair, place settings for the table with fun fabric patterns, and Halloween costumes. I didn’t actually get into cross stitching until middle school because it does take some effort to follow the patterns, and there were not a ton of kid-friendly options back then. My first projects were bookmarks (I still make those today for fundraising along with larger projects). It became a stress reliever for me and something we could do together. She and I could sit for hours with good movies on the TV and a project to work on in our hands. We still stitch together when we visit her and my dad in St. Louis.

Rachel Holder

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Teddy Tea Party (Cross stitch)

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The Lord’s Prayer (Cross stitch)

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