Thursday, April 14, 2011

Marking Time

Bookmarks are good things to have.  Many, many are required -- unless you only have one book.  They don't work very well for a Nook, but not everything is electronic.  They work really well for marking places in tatting books.

The pair of bookmarks to the left are "Flower" by xstchntat.  The first one was made with size 30 Cebelia thread that my sister dyed for me, and size 40 white Lizbeth.  That was weird.  I thought I had picked up a bobbin of size 20 white.  I had to make more stitches in the chains than the pattern called for because of the difference in thread size.  When I made the second one, in size 20 that too-many-chain-stitches carried over.  These aren't quite according to pattern, but it is a really fun and simple pattern.  I played with the tails and managed my first real tassels using the technique xstchntat showed in this video.  Works great!

The bookmark on the right is made in size 20 Lizbeth.  It is my own pattern and is supposed to represent a string of butterflies.  The one at the bottom is also size 20 and is made from my pattern for a button shirt decoration.  I figured as the button part would stick out of the book, it would be okay and not make a lump in the book.  (click on images to enlarge)

6 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

They're all so pretty! I hope you're enjoying your vacation. You are on vacation now, aren't you? If not, I hope you enjoy your vacation when you get it! I think I'd better drink my morning cup of coffee now so that I can wake up and have some clear thoughts...

Margarets designer cards said...

They all llok very interesting, I like the butterfly one and very interesting colours.
Margaret

Sharren - Tatting in Greenwood, South Carolina said...

So pretty! Nice work!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Great post! Not only are the bookmark patterns clever and attractive, but the 'tails' are quite unique!

In viewing your other bookmark posts, I see you use many different 'tails'. In one post you linked to Jane Eborall's "Easy Way" to do pearl tatting - so thanks for that! Are there other sites that describe some of the other 'tails' you use?
I'm thinking some are your own ideas! The opposing picots are interesting!

God's Kid said...

Oooh, such fabulous bookmarks! :)

prabhjyotsaini said...

Pretty bookmarks!!!!
I especially love the strings of your lovely bookmarks. After seeing this I think I must learn pearl tatting. Thanks for the motivation too!