It’s Friday again! Friday is one of those days I get both happy and irritated about, because it’s the weekend tomorrow, but I have volunteering all day – which means no crafting!
I did have a really good day yesterday though, and I managed to get a couple of things finished off, one of which I am going to share with you today!
As I mentioned in a couple of previous posts, this month is national book month, or so I read (these days there are so many ‘months’ that they have all gone to oblivion for what I can see) I made one bookmark earlier, which is serving me well and I wanted to make a couple more, today I am going to share one of those with you!
Using the same idea as the pink one I made, I dug out some odd threads (this time in various shades of green and brown) and began, simply stitching squares, until I decided it was long enough, (all the squares are 3×3 and are stitched in 2 threads on 14 count aida) I then left a small gap, and did a second row. Then I added the tassel onto the end (I have a few of these I got ages ago) and stitched around the edge of the bookmark to attach some green felt (which you can’t see but I’m not going back to photograph it again because I’m feeling lazy)! Sandwiched between the layers of fabric is a piece of thin card, to keep it a little more sturdy, and I coated this with a thin layer of PVA glue, again to make it a little sturdier (it dries clear so won’t affect the look of the bookmark).
All in all I a quite pleased with it, it didn’t take all that long to make, I just kept putting off the layering! It really is something I wish I had a hand sewing machine for because it would take seconds! Unfortunately I had to do this by hand, which of course was incredibly time consuming as I wanted the back to look tidy so I meticulously stitched evenly across the back too. Once this was complete and the glue had dried, I cut the excess fabric, and the result you can see above.
It’s such a simple base, and you could do any design you want, I actually have some strips of aida that I have saved for projects like this one, which make it a great project for using up all those extra bits of thread, that aren’t any good for a bigger design. I also think it makes a bit of a change from cards etc, and if your design is simple enough it is something you could take out with you, not needing a pattern.
I hope you have a lovely day – and just think – it’s the weekend tomorrow!!