Oops, I forgot to iron them after finishing off :-(
free pattern pdf, with choices for black & white or colour printing. The symbols & grid size made reading the pattern very easy.
I like to thread multiple needles, especially when few stitches are required - hate long threads spanning the fabric behind. Threading multiple needles ahead saves so much time & one can maintain one's momentum & rhythm.
One would've thought that I'd be bothered by the frequent changes of needles/colours/threads, but for me there's always a magical enigma in embroidery... to see a pattern on paper coming to life on fabric, is always so fascinating & I usually find it difficult to drag myself away.
And counted cross stitch does have that element of a jigsaw puzzle - each cross is a tile or piece that needs to fit in precisely !
The blue one is simply folded back on itself & hand-sewn. I should've top-stitched the edge.. next time I sit at the machine...
For the middle bookmark, I fabric-glued some scrap fabric. After it was dry, cut the edges with the serrated edge scissors. Even caught the ring finger skin between the handles (that scissor is pretty tough to handle!) & bled for a while. So, if you look closely, you will see the top right corner is not in line (seen in pic below).
The Boring Stuff
I have this dream that when I finally give away my books, there will be a handmade bookmark, made in different media, in each book.
Stitches: 22 x 110
Embroidered Size: 1¾” x 5½”
Finished size : ~3½” x 7¾”
Stitches: 19 x 77
Embroidered Size: 1½” x 5”
Finished size : 2½” x 7”
Will hopefully find the time to share them all some time.