Today we’ve got a great guest post from my crafty friend Katie Garner! Katie is a cross stitch genius so I’ll let her take over and you can start making these beautiful on trend bookmarks! If you’d like to read more from Katie just head over to her foodie blog! – Vick x
With the weather finally deciding to warm up, and the enticing beckon of lazy spring to summer days, what better time to whip yourself up some cheerful bookmarks? Ideal for marking your place in your latest read as you nip inside for an ice laden beverage, there is no way you would misplace these vibrant and bold seafaring statements.
Perfect for beginners, these cross stitch bookmarks use only whole cross stitch and backstitch, so they should take you no time at all to make. With a choice of three nautical slogans and three sailing motifs, you can mix and match which words you want with which picture.
YOU WILL NEED
Zweigart Scalloped Edge, 1 inch aida band – I used dark blue and red scalloped edge band, from Willow Fabrics (£2.21 per metre)
Anchor Stranded Cotton in the following colours (90p each from Hobbycraft)
Red, shade 1098
Blue, shade 177
Brown, shade 310
Dark Grey, shade 236
Double Sided Sticky Tape
A4 Plain Felt Sheet in Royal Blue (50p from Hobbycraft)
A4 Plain Felt Sheet in Red (50p from Hobbycraft)
You can download the stitch chart here and print off to help guide you.
Mix and Match Nautical Cross Stitch Bookmarks – Charts
1) Firstly, cut a strip of aida band, longer than you need it to be to stitched on. ‘Ahoy Captain’ is the longest, with the example here measuring approximately 14.5cm in length, so I would recommend cutting a strip that is at least 20cm in length to give yourself plenty of breathing space. Leave a couple of cm gap at the end of the strip before you begin stitching your first letter.
2) Start by doing all of the cross stitches first, working you way across the aida band until you have finished the letters, and then you can work the cross stitches of the small motif at the end. Try to make sure that the top arm of each cross stitch faces the same way so that you have a neater finish at the end. For the cross stitch, you will need to separate two strands from the stranded cotton, as described on the chart.
3) Once you have finished the cross stitch, you will then need one strand of the stranded cotton to complete the backstitch. The backstitch is mainly used to outline the letters and to add definition on the motifs.
4) When you have completed both the cross stitch and the backstitch, it is then time to make up your bookmarks using the coloured felt. It doesn’t matter which colours you use with which bookmark, so just pick your favourite! Firstly, trim your aida band so that it is just 2cm longer than you want it. Turn your aida band over so that the back is facing upwards. To avoid fraying, cut a small piece of double sided sticky tape and place along the small vertical edge at each end. Fold back the excess aida band with the tape on it by 1cm at each end and stick it down. This should leave a nice folded end that shouldn’t fray with use.
5) Cut some more double sided sticky tape, this time to fit along the whole width of the bookmark. You should be able to fit approximately two long strips of tape across the back of your work. Peel off the protective layer on the tape and then stick the aida band on to the felt sheet. Line it up so that the corner of your bookmark fits snugly in the corner of the sheet, the bottom of the bookmark completely in line with the bottom of the sheet.
6) Once the aida band is firmly stuck down, nab your scissors and cut around the bookmark neatly. You should then be left with your aida band bookmark, backed on to a coloured felt strip that is exactly the right size.
7) Grab a book and hit the garden!