After posting a bit ago about hand embroidery on paper – making embroidered greeting cards and so forth – my sister decided to try it out, too.
Using a free embroidery pattern from Stitching Cards, she improvised some tools: for the paper piercing mat, she used a mat she has for bobbin lace, and for the paper piercing tool, she used a crewel needle with the eye stuck in a cork. (Hey, it works!)
For embroidery thread, she used regular stranded cottons, and I like the way it looks!
I like the idea of making these bookmarks – I’ve been planning for my summer embroidery classes for kids, and I think I’ll venture in this direction for one of the projects. Quick and satisfying (kids like that!).
If you wanted to fill up the whole bookmark, you could flip over the design and pierce the blue flower out again below the pink.
Speaking of bookmarks, Nordic Needle has recently introduced this year’s Bookmark Challenge. Each year, together with other stitchery stores throughout the country, they encourage stitchers to stitch a bookmark (or two, or three…), coordinating the turn-in time for the challenge with Children’s Book Week. The bookmarks are donated to local libraries as rewards to encourage children to read. As an incentive to participate in the Bookmark Challenge, Nordic Needle will draw from the participants’ names, and the lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Nordic Needle.
If you’re interested, take a look at the details of the Bookmark Challenge in their most recent newsletter.
Thanks for sending a picture of the bookmark, Susie!