Cross 'N Patch was started 30 years ago as the brain-child of Emie Bishop. As a life-long stitcher and artist, Emie had always sketched and painted, and also been involved in every form of needlework. While taking an art class these interests came together in her head. She began designing her own samplers--combining what she knew about art and how to create images with her love of fabric, texture and threads.

It wasn't long before other people became interested in Emie's designs and soon she was selling them from the basement of her home. Cross 'N Patch designs have evolved as Emie's interest in needlework has grown and deepened. Hence, there are titles that focus on cross-stitch and others that include a wide palette of surface stitches, elaborate Hardanger, and other forms of cut-thread work.

As Emie's understanding of stitches deepens, she has prepared detailed illustrations of each stitch, allowing her publications to be generously illustrated. For example, The Unfinished Sampler has140 illustrated stitches as well as numerous images and charts.

Emie uses any direct contact with needle-workers to evaluate, rework and rewrite her stitch illustrations and explanations. Emie sometimes says she feels blessed with a mind that never runs out of ideas: each design teaches her something new, and the next design is in her head before the last has even been stitched.

When not designing, Emie stays busy supporting her 5 grown children and 14 grandchildren. Not content to be just a spectator in the lives of her family, Emie learned to ski, water ski and ride horses. Today the family can ski together in the winter and spend the summer hiking, boating or riding horses throughout the Intermountain West. But even these activities serve as a fuel for designs. People and places she loves have often been the inspiration for a design or a book.

Perhaps what Emie enjoys most about Cross 'N Patch is that pursuing her love of needlework and beauty has enabled her to meet people from around the world. She delights in connecting with other stitchers, hearing their stories, and coming to understand why needlework is important to them. She feels honored when someone chooses one of her designs to showcase their needlework skills.

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