Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wizard Redux

About two years ago, I stitched a bookmark for the 12 year old son of some friends of mine. He is a voracious reader and an avid Harry Potter freak. I thought I had found a reasonable design for him when I discovered a pattern for a Wizard in the Mark That Spot collection by Cross My Heart. But I never expected how much he would grow to love that thing. After all, who would think a 12 year old boy would really want an embroidered bookmark anyway? He always has a book with him and always used the bookmark. All his friends were envious, wanting to know where they could get one, so I guess that added to the fun.

The family went on vacation this summer, and sadly, he lost his beloved bookmark. He wrote me a lovely e-mail asking if I would make him another one. His parents had offered to pay me for it.

Frankly, I detest stitching the same design more than once. And this one was so detailed, with confetti stitching, fractionals and backstitching, that I was almost sorry I had saved the chart.

But what stitcher could resist when someone actually loved her work that much? I did offer to stitch a different design this time, but he insisted that he wanted the same one.

So finally, it's ready. Ta-da! If he loses it again, I'll offer to teach him how to cross stitch and let him make his own!



Tuesday was my birthday so I guess it was my lucky day as well. I won the cutest chart on Aury's blog. I know I said I was done with Halloween stitching, but I just might have to stitch this one too.

17 comments:

Miss 376 said...

You can't refuse a plea like that. So nice that he appreciates what you did for him.

Rachel S said...

What a lovely thing for you to do, and a treasure for him! That really is a great bookmark!

Blu said...

That's very nice of you. Good for him that he appreciates handmade crafts!

mainely stitching said...

Your birthday?! Well, CONGRATULATIONS! I hope you did something special for yourself. Congratulations on winning Aury's drawing, and on having such a huge fan of your cross stitched bookmarks. ;)

Carol said...

Awww...that is so nice of you to re-stitch it for him. You must feel honored that it was that special to him! And Happy Belated Birthday to you, too :)

Pumpkin said...

What a sweet story Annie! I can see why you had a hard time resisting his charm ;o) The bookmark is fantastic! No wonder he was so upset when he lost the other one.

That was you! Congrats and Happy belated Birthday girl :o)

Ginnie said...

It's a lovely book mark, you can see why he loved it so much.

tintocktap said...

Love the wizard - he's fantastic! Must be Professor Dumbledore! How lovely to be so appreciated, but I can understand not wanting to stitch something you've already done once. It's like you've already learned the lessons that piece has to teach you.

Belated birthday wishes and I hope you had a lovely day!

nima said...

wow...what a gorgeous bookmark...

Annie...hope you had a nice day...

Mylene said...

First of...belated Happy happy Birthday, Annie. I do hope you have had a wonderful day.

Your friend's son sure very lucky to receive such a great bookmark. Well done on finishing it for him.

Have a good weekend.

Wendy said...

Oooh I love the bookmark!! Nice finish!

Jenny said...

The bookmark looks wonderful, I can totaly understand that he loves it! He must be very happy now that you made him a new!

Melanie said...

Hi. I've been a lurker on your blog for awhile...I really enjoy it. Oct. 6 was my b'day, too (1962)! Glad you were able to perservere through another wizard bookmark. I, too, hate stitching a design more than once!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Annie,
Belated Happy Birthday!!!
The bookmark is just stunning. it's so nice of you to stitch it a second time.

Annette said...

What a lovely design of the bookmark, a boy who asked you to stitch something, you can't refuse..
But you can also learn him to stitch....

Siobhan said...

Happy belated birthday!!

That wizard bookmark is too cute--and obviously very detailed. Kudos to you for stitching it twice, but like you said--when your work is loved & appreciated, how can you resist? :)

Sandra said...

That's a wonderful job, no wonder why he likes it so much!!!