Beautiful Cross Stitch Bookmarks

A free project from The Cross Stitch Guild Design and Pattern Book by Jane Greenoff and Sue Hawkins. 

The Cross Stitch Guild Design and Pattern Book is an ebook of photos, instructions and patterns for over 50 projects by Jane Greenoff and Sue Hawkins from the CSG Members’ magazine, 2001–2006.

Here is a variety of pure cross stitch, pulled and drawn thread embroidery, and Hardanger, so there is something for all counted thread fans. Designs include cross stitch on linen and Aida, counting onto canvas, Christmas projects, samplers, cushions, cards and much more.

The charts are shown usually in black and white, so they are clear to use, and easy to print out on a home printer. The extensive Stitch Library is in itself a very useful resource.

‘Having spent the last 4 hours studying every single pattern and re-organising my “to stitch list” I just want to say a Huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in its production. It’s absolutely BRILLIANT. I can’t wait to get started.’ – Review by Sarah D-G

Beautiful Cross Stitch Bookmarks
Beautiful Cross Stitch Bookmark by Jane Greenoff

Jane Greenoff describes this project in her own words:

I have worked a simple Rose Bookmark design on a piece of linen band inspired by the old bookmark with roses and ‘Gratitude’, in the picture. Gratitude was worked in really tiny beads, sadly no longer available, and is really pretty. The other bookmarks in the picture are from my collection of antique bookmarks. 

I have charted five bookmark ideas for you (see the chart below) – have a go at some of these traditional patterns on paper or on fabric. To get the full chart, click on the download. 

Stitches used (Rose Bookmark): cross stitch, backstitch, hemstitch

Stitch count (Rose Bookmark): 21 × 114

Design size: 4 ×20cm (1½× 8in)

You will need (Rose Bookmark):

  • 33cm (13in) 28-count unbleached linen band
  • Stranded cotton (floss) as listed on chart (next page)
  • Assorted rayon threads (optional)
  • Tapestry needle, size 24

1. For the Rose Bookmark, fold the linen band half lengthways to find the centre and mark the fold with a pin. (Count the threads on either side of the pin and move as necessary.) Mark the centre with a line of tacking (basting).

2. Work the design from the chart adding optional rayon threads if desired. Use two strands of stranded cotton (floss) for the cross stitch and one strand for the backstitch outline as indicated on the chart.

3. When the stitching is complete, check for missed stitches and complete as follows. Fold the top of the bookmark to a point and slipstitch in position. Work a row of hemstitch across the bottom of the project, fraying as desired.

Click here to download the Rose Bookmark pdf stitching chart


Bookmark charts