My other ruling passion is reading. And I have made myself and others many bookmarks over the years. Unfortunately, I didn't always take photos. But here are just a few that I did photograph.
Celtic Knot Bookmark: stitched on a scrap of mystery linen using some old Needle Necessities variegated floss. I am very fond of Celtic motifs since I am of Irish descent. And I liked the soft colors of this Needle Necessities fiber, moving from cream to sage to a very muted mauve. As with most of my bookmarks, this one is lined with a very soft piece of cream flannel from an old bed sheet. Waste not, want not! Or to be more politically correct, reduce - reuse- recycle.
My own design: Riona's Bookshelf bookmark: stitched on a scrap of mystery linen with odds and ends of leftover floss. I have stitched variations of this design many times: it is a great way to use up leftover bits of fiber and fabric. I frequently pair it with a gift card to Barnes and Noble as a gift for birthdays or Christmas. It's always fun to change it up a bit, changing the knick-knacks and bric a brac on the shelves, using different colors on the book spines. This one has a spider plant, a geode, a kitten and an art glass bottle as well as books.
Handblessings Autumn Leaves Bookmark. This is a very old free chart and was fun to stitch in variegated flosses. The border is reminiscent of Celtic motifs, which made it a must-stitch piece for me.
Another Handblessings Autumn bookmark: also a free chart. A much less complex one, since it is just leaves stitched in a simple repeat.
My own design: Sampler bookmark. It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but I used a series of different specialty stitches to make up this pattern and the same Needle Necessities fiber as in the Celtic Bookmark.
Shamrock Bookmark: This was a kit from Textile Heritage Collection. It was a bit of a fussy piece since there were seven different shades of green involved, with very subtle variations. Separating the flosses and matching them up to the proper symbols was a bit of a challenge.
I have stitched any number of other bookmarks over the years but have given so many of them away without recording them. I plan to rectify that in the future. There are a few that I fully intend to stitch again for myself, like a lovely tapestry style bookmark from Cedar Hill, the Acanthus and Rose bookmark, which I gave to a former secretary and three dragon bookmarks designed by Vickey Macky which were lost in an exchange gone bad. I also have a number that I intend to stitch for a first time: T Wentzler's Renaissance Bookmark, Pamela Kellogg's Flowers and Berries and Grapes bookmarks. And somewhere, tucked away in one of my many books, is a Puffin bookmark, also from the Textile Heritage Collection, also never photographed.
I collect interesting bookmark patterns, whether the source be on-line freebies, magazines or purchased leaflets or pdfs. I find that bookmarks are a useful way to use up narrow scraps of linen and partial skeins or cards of interesting fibers thereby delighting my frugal soul.