Make your mark! Stitch up a treat for bookworms with this vintage-inspired bookmark and market it as an affordable gift that can be sent in the post!
f you’re looking for a special stitch to sell at craft fairs and markets this autumn, then our silhouette bookmarks could be just the thing to bring in extra sales. Worked up in a single colour of cotton, each design casts a striking shadow effect on its aida background. We’ve given you three patterns to choose from for stitchers of all abilities – a simple leaf design is great for newbies while the other two patterns contain Algerian eyes and diamond eyelets for a satisfying stitch! Work your designs straight onto aida band to make things easy, and prop them on vintage story books to display them at their best.
I IHow to make the bookmarks
Decide which pattern you’d like to stitch and thread your needle with two strands of stranded cotton. Do not use the loop method to start, instead use two strands laid side by side.
Starting at the centre of the cross stitch chart and in the centre of your aida band, work all the cross stitches first, completing each one individually and making sure that the top halves of the stitches all lie in the same direction.
If you are doing either the blackwork design or the Eyelet design work the backstitch, Algerian eyelets and diamond eyelets in two strands, following the charts.
When you’ve finished, turn over a narrow hem at the top and bottom of the aida band to create the bookmark. Stitch in place using matching thread.
Cut a piece of felt the same size as the bookmark and sew onto the back of the bookmark to make a lining.