I was flipping through the pages of this old (French) magazine that I was about to throw out…
… and my eyes fell on this bookmark of a cat! I love bookmarks and cats so I decided to spend a few hours making this.
I had some spare aida count fabric (where you can really see the squares well enough but I’m sure you can do this on evenweave as well). Of course I didn’t follow the instructions (that would have been to simple) because I wanted to use that end bit that was already sticking out, so it meant I ended up with a much smaller design (I almost didn’t get the cat on it is what the truth is). So if you’re going to do this, follow the instructions, it’s like baking really.
You have to fold the corners and stitch around with a thread the same colour as your fabric to prevent fraying.
Some supervision was necessary of course
and not always helping…
I just used some (Anchor) thread in different shades of grey that I kept from another cross-stitch kit. The design was ok but I hated the back-stitch (the contours) even more than usual because they made it in very small stitches and not using the big squares at all. I kind of freewheeled it a bit ;-).
And there you go! I did another butterfly too in case you hadn’t noticed it.
Now because it’s so ugly to see the thread on the back AND because you want your bookmark to hold up and not be flimsy, I inserted a piece of white cardboard (I don’t know why that wasn’t mentioned in the magazine!). It meant I had to open one side, slide it in and stitch it back again. Maybe it’s best to do the sides once you’re done with the design.
I was wondering if I should add something else on it, like my name or something bookish, like I’m reading or something, but I didn’t want to mess it up so I did another little project… I would make a bookmark with my name on it!
There were a lot of lettres in the magazine, each with a different style… but I preferred the last one.
Of course THAT’s the moment where you forget how to spell your own name. Gah!
I wasn’t too happy with the pink either so I decided to change to purple for the next word.
And it’s finished
So what do you think? Should I add a tassle on one of these to make it better? Would you have done anything different? Let me know in the comments. If you think I completely wasted my time (tell me something I don’t know) you don’t have to say so.
If you’re looking for more bookish hobbies, here are some other ideas I posted about in the past:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,