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‘Cheeky’ cross-stitch class leaves students in stitches

by Gemma Asel | January 25, 2023 at 4:03 a.m.
Julie Smith/News Tribune photo: Barbara Selke works on a project Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, during Crass Stitch in the gallery at Missouri River Regional Library. The event was an opportunity in which about a dozen women took part to either continue something they already do or to try it for the first time. Mariah Luebbering, who works in adult programming at the library, lead the group through it, showing a few first-time participants how to thread a needle and making those cross stitches.


A small group of cross-stitchers jumped at the chance Tuesday afternoon to create a design that left them in stitches.

The cross-stitchers gathered Tuesday at the library for "crass stitch" classes.

"Crass stitch" put a unique twist on the normal cross-stitching patterns by incorporating fun, cheeky quotes that participants were eager to use on their designs.

"I know that some of these ladies are professional cross-stitchers that are just extremely excited about the idea of doing some 'crass stitching,'" said Mariah Luebbering, adult programming director of the library. "But we're also ready to teach people who are brand new to the cross-stitch experience."

Like all of the library events, "crass stitch" was a free class that included all the supplies participants needed to create their designs. A cart along the wall contained an assortment of various threads in bright colors from which the participants could choose.

"They do really interesting classes," said Arlene Taylor, a regular at library craft classes. "I like to come because I learn different skills. You know, you can try a craft without putting a bunch of money into it."

Luebbering agreed.

"That's what we're really excited about and what I love to provide is being able to try something new without having to go out and buy all the material and then perhaps finding it's not your cup of tea," she said.

Taylor added, "That's one of my big things. I don't want to outlay all of that money if you don't like it. But if you like it, then you can find out where she got all her materials from."

  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune Having fun was the name of the game and this group seemed to do just that during Tuesday's Crass Stitch time in the gallery at Missouri River Regional Library. Seated clockwise from lower left, Sue Gibson, Arlene Taylor, Judy Jones and Gina Boxberger worked on different themes of cross-stitch patterns and had enjoyable conversation in the meanwhile.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune Mariah Luebbering tells about different types of cross-stitch during Tuesday's Crass Stitch in the gallery at Missouri River Regional Library. The afternoon event was attended by a dozen women all of whom seemed to really enjoy their time there. Luebbering works in adult programming at the library and took on the event and helped first-time cross-stitchers with their project.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune Gina Boxberger works on a coffee cup pattern of cross-stitch Tuesay at the Missouri River Regional Library.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune The event was called Crass Stitch at Missouri River Regional Library and saying's like "Coffee" "Because Murder is Illegal" is one of the reasons why.
 
 
  photo  Julie Smith/News Tribune Gracie, a year-old German Shepherd service dog, lays at the feet of Barbara Selke Tuesday during Crass Stitch in the gallery at Missouri River Regional Library. The event was an opportunity in which about a dozen women took part to either continue something they already do or to try it for the first time. Mariah Luebbering, who works in adult programming at the library, lead the group through it, showing a few first-time participants how to thread a needle and making those cross stitches.
 
 


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