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!

Craftseller - - Stitch It - By Anne MacGregor

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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

Cut a piece of felt the same size as the book­mark and sew onto the back of the book­mark to make a lin­ing.

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