Design: By Papillon Creations (newsletter freebie design)
Materials: Hand-dyed 28-count evenweave from a Polstitches Grab Bag (possibly Nature’s Grace); DMC 208, 3805 and 3819; Madeira Sterling 04; Dark blue sticky-backed felt
Last year I hosted a 15-sided biscornu stitch-along at The Book Club Forum for those members who were stitchers as well as readers. This year I thought it might be fun to entice them into stitching a bookmark (well, it’s appropriate in that it’s related to both our passions!). I may even have attracted a few folks who are completely new to cross stitch, which is fantastic.
I changed the colours from the originals of pale blue, lilac and gold-yellow to violet, magenta and pale green with a touch of metallic gold added to it. It’s stitched with two strands of floss (except the green and gold combo which is two strands of each as the metallic thread is very fine) over two threads, so that the 28-count fabric holds a design the same size as if it were stitched on 14-count Aida.
I added a border alternating stitches of violet and magenta and stitched my name and the year in tiny lettering in the bottom right corner.
I made a small tassel using all the flosses I’d used for stitching and fringed the edges before backing the bookmark with dark blue sticky-backed felt (it makes everything look neat and protects the reverse stitching.
And if anyone’s interested, it’s photographed lying on my Bill Amberg Collection leather-bound copy of A Room With A View by E M Forster.