R is for Reading and Red Robbins!

A few months ago a friend visited and brought a large bag full of crafty things, they belonged to her mum, who is now well into her 90’s and no longer wants them. There was all sorts of goodies in there, including this little cross-stitch kit.

Robin bookmark.

It’s a bookmark kit by Textile Heritage Collection, I think it’s still available though as this one had a £2 charity shop sticker on I think it was a bit of a bargain.

It’s probably not a design I would go out and choose, but I liked it enough to stitch it and actually it’s turned out rather sweet.

I decided that as I was reading so much more now, it was time I made myself a bookmark, instead of using train tickets, WI programmes, envelopes…

It’s stitched on an aida band, 14 count I think, as it was stitched using three strands of floss. It only took a couple of weeks to stitch with odd half hours here and there.

It was designed to just have a piece of felt covering the stitching at the back with a little tassel matching the light turquoise border. It’s actually quite a soft aida, I wanted a bookmark to be a bit firmer, so I found some cotton in my stash which had red fruit on which match the robins perfectly…unfortunately the way it folded they’re all on the back apart from that little glimpse at the top!

I left off the tassel as with the green and black background it no longer worked.

I now have a smart bookmark to mark the place I fell asleep…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to R is for Reading and Red Robbins!

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    So sweet, and what a lovely gift to have been given.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. KerryCan says:

    My husband has stitched quite a few bookmarks on this kind of Aida band–we have them all over the house. Yours will be very useful!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Steph says:

    Have you ever seen an Australian Pink Robin?
    I only saw a pic recently, they are not found in my area and I had no idea about this native robin. But I would love to see one in real life.
    They are so pretty!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. kathyreeves says:

    that is so cute!

    Liked by 1 person

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