I’m sure you remember, dear readers, that I was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. It’s been a tough year but I’m through the worst of everything now. I’m so touched by how many of you have reached out to me, by phone, email or in person at the shop, just to see how I’m feeling or to share your own story with me.
After hearing from so many people, I was shocked by how rampant breast cancer is throughout the industry. I know we are an industry of mostly women, and it’s not that surprising since 1 in 8 women have breast cancer, but needless to say I couldn’t believe that every time I told someone what was going on with me, more often than not they told me they had gone through it.
So, this year, I’ve turned my attention to a new charity to stitch for. I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now!
Melissa Prince, Preston and Grace Lynch from Two Sisters Needlepoint and I, Suzie (yes that’s my first name . . .not Vallerie . . .a blog for another day), have joined forces and collaborated on the Stitch Pink Fundraiser.
We have created three new designs that are exclusive to shops that participate in a fundraiser of any kind in the month of October.
I designed the Butterfly for Hope which is available through my wholesale line, Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery. The canvas is 5 x 5 on 18 mesh.
Preston and Grace designed the Harlequin Rosebud Mini Shift which is available through Two Sisters Needlepoint.
2 1/2 x 4 on 18 mesh
Melissa Prince designed the Pink Ribbon Flamingos which is 5 x 5 on 18 mesh.
All the canvases have stitch guides by yours truly.
We will be hosting a stitch in at my shop, The Enriched Stitch, on October 26th from 10-3. More details to come on that. But you can sign up now!
We’re also taking preorders on the kits so that you have them in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. You can call the shop to order or you can click on the links below to order online.
I’m sure everyone reading has been affected by breast cancer in one form or another. We all hope and pray for a cure. But, until that day comes, we can contribute in some way to those who are fighting the fight.