Friday, February 22, 2008

Bookmarks are not Boring! - Materials List - Class

Time is flying! The bookmark tutorial is only two weeks away: 8-9 March.

I'll be discussing how to make the standard bookmark using a scrap of linen or piece of banding in addition to more unusual bookmark types. We'll go into depth as to how to execute the perfect hemstitch to hold your single-sided bookmark together for years to come. We'll also cover cording, braided and twisted varieties, and tassles.

For a standard bookmark, you'll need a piece of linen or banding that's approximately 8x2 inches (20x5 cm) and a design that fits the count/measurement of your chosen fabric. One of the joys of making bookmarks is that you can use a small section from a larger design if you so desire. A border design also works beautifully.

For a fancier bookmark, you'll need a piece of fabric approximately 4x4 inches (10x10 cm), a coordinating finishing fabric of the same size, and a design that fits the count/measurement of your chosen linen. You will also need a skein of floss that coordinates with your chosen design; this will be used to create the cording and tassle. If you want to add embellishments, have coordinating beads, baubles or charms on hand as well. I suggest that you also have interfacing available, to lend extra strength to the linen after the design has been stitched.

This will be conducted using my usual seat-of-the pants method ;) so your imagination will be your most useful tool!

The tutorial will only cover hand-finishing methods; no sewing machine is necessary.

Tutor = BarbaraCL

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