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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Embroidery is Important in Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage:
Le Roy church planning comforting ‘Stitch-In’ to help Ukrainian children

"Forest Foxes" will be featured in the upcoming
"Stitch-In" at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
The design was created by a Ukrainian woman.
A “Stitch-In” for the children of Ukraine will take place March 12 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The event will start at 10 a.m. and go until noon at the church at 1 E. Main St. The goal is to raise money for UNICEF’s Protect Children in Ukraine fund.

For a minimum donation of $10, with the entire proceeds going to UNICEF, participants receive a cross-stitch kit to start working on during the event. The cross-stitch pattern is a primitive folk design of “Forest Foxes” created by Ukrain-ian stitcher Kateryna, who lives in Kiev.

Kateryna is on Etsy as the “stitchprincess” and on Instagram as “stitch_princess_black.” The kit also includes a needle, floss and 14-count Aida fabric.

Preregistration is required by e-mailing stmarksleroy@gmail.com or messaging through St. Mark’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ stmarksleroy. Information on payment methods, including check, cash and PayPal, are also available on Facebook and stmarkleroy.org.

Embroidery and needlework are a large part of Ukrainian cultural heritage. Supporting a Ukrainian cross-stitcher through the purchase of her pattern — one purchased per person — also supports a local inhabitant who has posted through her Instagram account that she has used her additional sales to buy food and medical supplies for her family and her neighbors.

Each person participating in the project will receive pdf files by e-mail that include downloads for printing the pattern and for downloading it to smartphones and tablets.

Participants are asked to bring their own embroidery hoop at 7 inches or smaller and their own scissors. Coffee, tea and water will be available and there will be some trivia questions with prizes during breaks.

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