Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pink and Purple Bookmarks

I'm in between bigger projects and thought it was time to use up some of that incredible fabric stash I've acquired over time.  There's a lot of multi-colored hand-dyed Aida that I don't use much these days, so I thought it was time to start finding projects for it.   Once Aida is hand-dyed, it has a wonderful soft feel, but still with a lot of body.  It's like the comfort food of stitching for me to work on it.

I decided to make a couple of bookmark gifts from older freebies.  I picked out this 18 ct mint fabric from the long-defunct Enchanted Fabrics.  Then I just reached into the floss for pretty colors.  The photos make the fabric look more blue, but it's really a beautiful variegated mint color.  I'm using it for the By the Bay Needleart Mystery SAL also.

First is this lovely bird design from a freebie on the Stitches Crumble blog:



Next is this older design from Papillon Creations called Bookmark 1 on the freebie page.  Thanks, Heather, for finding it for me.  It only has three colors and I see that a lot of stitchers have chosen their own combinations.  I just wanted something pretty with a lot of contrast against the background fabric:

21 comments:

Vinniey said...

What a good idea to use Aida and ribbon to make bookmarks! I love your idea, Annie! Beautiful colors you've picked for the brids. I love the color contrast of the second bookmark too. Both are gorgeous!

Cole said...

These are great! The colors are very pretty, I especially love the birds.

Karen said...

Beautiful bookmarkers, Annie, I especially love the bird one! Thanks for the freebie link, I found an adorable little sampler freebie there, too!

Miss 376 said...

They're really pretty. I love having small projects like that to do from time to time

Michelle said...

Annie, the bookmarks are so beautiful! I love the design by Papillon Creations - and the thread colours are so lovely!

ArchangelDecker said...

Love, love, LOVE your bookmarks. They are so pretty! :)



BTW, IIRC, the Papillon Creations bookmark is the Bookmark 1 freebie that she has. I love your version of it! :)

♥ Nia said...

lovely birds!! and such beautiful colors :D

Margaret said...

I love how those bookmarks came out. They're so pretty, such great colors!

Nima Titus said...

wow...that's a lovely bookmark...i love it..great finishing

milly said...

Beautiful bookmarks, lovely bright colours!

geeky Heather said...

GORGEOUS. I especially love the bird one...the colors are awesome. I think that Papillon bookmark is still on the site under "Free charts" as "Bookmark 1". The screen shot she has of it makes it look like more than 3 colors are used, but when I opened the PDF, there were only three. Great job with them!

Rachel S-H said...

Very pretty!

Rachel S-H said...

Very pretty!

Kissy said...

Lovely bookmarks!
Thanks for the link to the birds design!
I'm also looking forward to seeing what your SAL will look like.

Anne said...

So lovely Annie!! You always come up with great ideas for finishes!!

Melanie said...

Very nice!!! The colors are phenomenal on these!

Carol said...

I've never worked with hand-dyed Aida--what a gorgeous color you've used for your bookmarks, Annie! (It coordinates so nicely with your pretty blog background colors, too!!).

Thanks for the links for the freebies, too--you made two very elegant looking bookmarks :)

Hope you're enjoying a nice (HOT!!) week so far....

Brigitte said...

What a great idea for your Aida.. But I must say that this hand-dyed Aida looks much better than the white stuff. Great finishing!

zoomcity said...

They're so cute, Annie. I love the birds. Just love. :)

Annette said...

Big pieces.. winderfull.. have fun with them.
Your bookmarks look so great. and that blue fabric is fabulous...
Happy stitching!!

Gina E. said...

I have a few bits of hand dyed Aida and linen, and I've used them sparingly so I don't run out of it! You've put yours to good use - they are all beautiful.