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: