Celebrating the Life of Alan Turing (Mathematical Cross Stitch Pattern)

Susan Silver

I’m the writer with a mathematical muse. I love words, numbers, dreaming big & helping others. I believe that whatever you imagine, you can become. They/Them.

email: Susan@beautyofmathematics.com
Alan Turing Teddy Bear
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I had the pleasure of visiting Bletchley Park this year. The home of the WWII code breakers. I got to see the work and legacy of one of my favorite mathematicians, Alan Turing. What I remember most about Alan Turing from my visit was his Teddy Bear. You see, as an adult Turing bought a teddy bear he named Porgy. He used this teddy bear to practice his lectures. His outfit was lovingly crafted by Turing’s sister and I think makes the teddy bear rather unique.

So, why am I bringing this up? This year it was announced that Alan Turing would grace the £50 note!! You know I’ll be getting one to frame in my bedroom to go with my awesome Alan Turing poster. I wanted to do something to celebrate. I came up with a new Alan Turing bookmark that also pays homage to Porgy! I am offering up this mathematical themed cross stitch pattern for free! I’d love to see more people with their own Porgy.

I got the diagram for the Teddy Bear from Makoto Oozu’s “Mega Mini Cross Stitch.” I modified the colors to match Porgy’s image.

I think this is a really good pattern for beginners. You only need to know three stitches. There is a pattern for a full bookmark.There is also a pattern for just Porgy, solo, if you prefer. See examples of the projects by navigating to the bottom of this page.

Download the Patterns

Bookmark

Alan Turing Book Mark - Porgy (35 downloads)

Stitch on a white or black size 14 count aida fabric,

I cut a 8.5 inch by 2.5 inch strip from my aida fabric. This will be the size of the completed bookmark.

I use this 6×6 inch Q-snap instead of an embroidery hoop. It works really well for a rectangle.

If you use a white background, stitch Alan Turing in DMC #310 Black.

If you use a black background, stitch Alan Turing in DMC #415 Pearl Gray.

I used 2 Strands DMC Floss

Floss List


DMC #310
DMC #798
DMC #3852
DMC #780
DMC #415
DMC #156
DMC #666

To finish your bookmark, you can use this tutorial.
Optionally, you can also make a tassel. Glue it between the layers of the bookmark and felt.

Porgy

Porgy (34 downloads)

Stitch on a white or black size 14 count aida fabric.

You can stitch Porgy in a 3 inch embroidery hoop. I cut out a 5 inch square from the aida fabric. When you are done finish your hoop and hang the teddy bear where you please.

I used 2 Strands DMC Floss.

Floss List


DMC #310
DMC #798
DMC #3852
DMC #780
DMC #415
DMC #156
DMC #666

Examples

Black Background Bookmark

White Background Bookmark

Porgy

Black Background

White Background

Alan Turing is going to grace the new 50 pound note in the UK. To celebrate his life we cross stitch this pattern of his teddy bear, Porgy.