Louisa May Alcott is quoted as saying "She is very fond of books, and it has addled her brain." This design makes a perfect bookmark for all of us book addled readers. Or frame it and hang it on your library wall.
This is a great project for intermediate stitchers. The design is relatively small— only 33 stitches wide by 112 stitches high, and the entire printed pattern fits on a single page of a two-page booklet. The front has a color photo of the finished design. The chart is graphed in black and white symbols. A table showing the DMC colors you'll need is included. But you do get lots of practice with backstitching, both in the lettering, and also around the edges of the books. The pattern also include quarter- and half-stitches. Instructions are included.
This is a pattern for counted cross stitch. It is not a complete kit. You will need to supply your own fabric and floss.
How much fabric do I need?
The designer recommends using 14-count white Aida cloth for this project. To calculate the amount of fabric you will need for your project, divide the number of stitches by the stitch count of the fabric you wish to use. The higher the count of your fabric, the smaller your piece will be. Some examples appear below. Remember to leave several additional inches as a border on each side, to facilitate framing your project when it is finished.
How difficult is this pattern?
|Fabric count||Approximate size |
of stitched area
|14-count||2 1/4" × 8"|
|18-count||1 3/4" × 6 1/4"|
|25-count||1 1/4" × 4 1/2"|
Here's some information to consider to help you decide if this pattern is within your comfort zone.
Can I get this as a complete kit?
|Number of stitches||33 × 112|
|Number of colors||16|
|Number of pages||2|
|Half- or quarter-stitches||yes|
Nope. Sorry but we only sell printed patterns. You will need to provide your own floss and fabric for your project.Can I get this pattern as a download?
I'm sorry, but we only offer physical patterns at this time. We do not sell downloads of these patterns.