In my free time, reading is just one of the things that I love to do. Another of my Huge Loves is handwork. Knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, and the like make me feel centered, and produce many useful things that I also find beautiful — homespun flaws and all.
It brings me even more joy when I can bring the things I love together! One of the little projects I like to work on are bookmarks. I’m one of those people who need for their bookmarks to “match” what they are reading. For example, none of my swirlygirly over the top bookmarks would do for my recent Jack Kerouac binge — I had to use a piece of hand printed paper torn to bookmark specs. I thought it was in slightly bad taste (but I couldn’t help myself) to use my Tower of London bookmark when reading Wolf Hall. I love using my Dover Publications bird bookmarks in my gardening and nature books. And so on.
I wanted to show you all the latest additions to my bookmark collection:
These are cross stitched then lined with some linen so the crazythread back is covered, then pinking sheared for both a decorative edge and to keep fraying to a minimum.
Woody inspected the back to make sure my stitches were neat and there were no wild threads loose!
I had a little trouble deciding which one to use first:
…but once I realized that I would be reading about Jane Austen the choice became clear:
The pink floral it is!
…which is just fine — I heard Virginia Woolf whisper that she would like the blue used the next time I read one of her books.