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Thistle Cross-stitch Bookmark

Thistle Cross-stitch Bookmark

Materials Needed:

1/4 yard X 2” wide 16 count white or ivory Aida band/bookmark fabric
319 dark green DMC embroidery floss
320 medium green DMC embroidery floss
816 dark red DMC embroidery floss
3328 medium pink DMC embroidery floss
760 light pink DMC embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Masking tape
Sewing machine


Note: Always keep your hands and work area clean when handling the material and floss.

1) Print out cross-stitch diagram to printer.

2) Tape the two raw ends of the Aida cloth with tape to prevent edges from unraveling.

3) As you are working on the project, cut floss into manageable size lengths (about 12”). Each color of floss is made up of 6 plies. Separate the floss and use 2 plies for working cross-stitch. Thread the needle with the 2 plies of floss.

4) Start counting your stitches 3/4” to 1” from one of the ends and halfway across the width of the bookmark. Follow the colored diagram to cross-stitch the thistle design onto the cloth; each square on the diagram is equal to one square on the Aida cloth. Refer to illustration A on how to do cross-stitching.

Note: When you are starting and stopping your stitching, avoid using knots on your work instead work the ends under a few stitches on the back of your piece as you go along.

How To Cross-stitch A

5) When cross-stitch design is completed, remove tape and machine stitch with matching thread across the ends of the fabric as shown in illustration B. Cut off ends about a half an inch from machine stitching. To create the fringe on ends of bookmark, remove the cross weave threads of the Aida fabric up to the machine stitching.

Finishing The Bookmark B

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