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« on: September 08, 2019 07:18:21 PM »

After I finished cross-stitching this bookmark for Anna.wahnsinn in the rainbow swap, I thought, "This isn't ideal for a bookmark; it's practically as thick as a small book."
...Lightbulb! A bookmark that contains a book.

I botched the finish-work I originally had in mind, so with fusible web I mounted the finished cross-stitch on paperboard that was covered with a painted dictionary page, a little longer than the fabric. Then I used paper bits and washi tape (which was salvaged from either a past swap package or the Craftster Asheville meetup) to make a thin micro-journal, and attached it to the bookmark base, and tied on some little rainbow thingies that wouldn't add further bulk. To add to the meta, one of the papers is a quote about books, which I had pulled out of a discarded book.

I'd been planning to do some kind of full-spectrum needlework for almost a year, but didn't know what it would be. On a lovely autumn afternoon last year I sat outside and put all my colors of embroidery floss in chromatic order (if that's a thing), as well as I could judge.


Eventually the idea of working with negative space started appealing to me, stitching a rainbow background and leaving the foreground as unstitched cloth. But what words or image for that foreground? This phrase showed up a few times around Anne's Pinterest boards, so I went for it. The downside was having "Baby Got Back" in my head the whole time I worked on it.  Cheesy

As a caveat, though I've made some cross-stitched bookmarks I don't recommend using them in borrowed, old, or valuable books, or books with bible-thin paper. The thickness could cause an issue. Now that I think about it, using a higher-count aida cloth would really help in the construction because less thread is required; I was using 14-count, I think. However, if it's your book, do what you want and use bookmarks that make you smile!  Smiley

Here is the chart I made, in case anyone wants it. I added up the total number of colors I had, and then adjusted letter height and spacing to make sure there was a sufficient margin around everything.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2019 08:29:53 PM »

WOW! What a journey! But worth it for the cool result!
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019 05:15:35 AM »

It is so completely gorgeous. I love it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2019 05:45:07 AM »

The colours, the sentiment - this is so perfect!
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2019 05:46:42 AM »

This is so awesome!  Well done calluna.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019 07:33:12 AM »

it's so satisfying looking at all the colors as they transform into one another. lovely work!
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2019 08:24:19 AM »

Beautiful work!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2019 08:36:27 AM »

It is so wonderful!
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This is awesome! Love all the colors.
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