The Stitch: Louisiana Tech English Class 2010 – Natalie Gunn sits behind Mark Threlkeld. They meet, study together and fall in love. Mark is drafted by the Kansas City Royals and Natalie transfers to the University of North Texas. Fast forward to June 2012. Natalie visits Mark in Arizona, and Mark has a plan. He wants to propose, but does not have a ring. He turns to what he knows best… baseball. Carefully removing “The Stitch” from a baseball, he crafts a ring and ties it around Natalie’s finger when she says, “Yes.” He vows to wear a matching “Stitch” to represent their promise to each other. Mark gives Natalie a beautiful diamond ring when he returns home for the off season in September. Neither has removed the stitch since he proposed to her on June 9, 2012. Today as Natalie and Mark say their vows before God and their cherished guests, they will remove “The Stitch” and replace it with the symbol of their eternal love… the wedding band.
Custom baseball cards with the story of “The Stitch” printed on the back were passed out to each attendant to explain the romantic significance of the stitch and the ring.