7 Oct 2013
I have been working on a secret thing for a few months. I love secret things, but I love it even better when they’re not secret any more. When I first started cross-stitching in January, I saw a blank bookmark template at the craft store, and I picked it up with Eric’s mom in mind. She loves to read, and she loves a good bookmark. For a while I tossed around different ideas of what to embroider, but then it hit me: fall leaves and pumpkins! Eric’s mom loves fall as much as I do, so I thought it would be the perfect thing.
I used graph paper to roughly sketch out the designs, and then I got to stitching!
The graph paper was thin enough that I was able to reuse some of the outlines–an added bonus!
There was certainly some trial and error. I call this first pumpkin “lumpkin” because of its weird appendage on the right side. Ah well, not every pumpkin is symmetrical.
The next one sort of ended up looking like a menorah. A pretty one, to be sure.
And the last one is kind of boxy. It takes all kinds. I free-handed the vines at the top, and those were some of my favorite shapes. I should also add that Eric consulted on color selection, as any good collaborator would.
The leaves were easier to make uniform. I just changed their orientation each time.
I think the yellow one is my fave.
I doubled up on the thread count for the leaf veins on this one, since it was hard to see against the dark maroon of the leaf color.
I designed a little curlicue for the bottom and left my mark: “XO -C.” The bottom and top edges of the bookmark were roughly stitched, so I knew I wanted to cover them up. I used green and purple to add a bit of complementary color. I tied some tassels on the top, and I was done!
This was such a fun gift to make and give! I hope Eric’s mom will have many afternoons reading with this bookmark in hand.