I usually read more than 1 book at a time – my bedside is never without at least a novel and a non-fiction. I try not to read novels before bedtime (thought that’s my favourite time) – fictions make me too excited to sleep. The non-fiction serves as excellent sleeping pills…opps!!:D Therefore, bookmarks are a must. I also love giving crocheted bookmarks to friends and family. Crocheted bookmarks are special – the recipients know they can’t get it just anywhere and it doesn’t take long to finish one.
When I re-visited Lace Flower Cushion crochet pattern in Inside Crochet magazine, Issue 39 (March 2013) at pages 74-75, I thought it would make a lovely floral bookmark. The designer of the crochet lace flower motifs is Caitlin Sainio. According to her bio in Inside Crochet, Caitlin originally trained as an engineer but has turned her engineering talents to crochet designs. What a multi-talented star!
The pattern is not too difficult and instead of joining a few different-coloured yarns, I opted to use variegated yarn (which I found in my stash of long neglected items). What I like about Inside Crochet patterns is they usually provide diagrams to help readers understand the written instructions better. Definitely makes it easier to follow. Finished in about 1 hour plus.
The finished piece was rather limp. Well, it’s supposed to be stitched onto a cushion! 😀 So, to make it sturdier, I experimented with a few mediums. First, I sprayed it with fabric starch. Didn’t quite work. Next, I applied liquid glue all over and waited until it dried. Worked better. The funny ‘side-effect’ is, whenever the book is left a bit too long under the sun , the floral bookmark would stick to the page! Hehe, at least it won’t drop off the page… 😀
Wished I could make it as crisp as paper… Does anyone know how to do that? Please share if you do. 😀