Because of His Great Love -- Bookmark
by Deborah K. Lauro

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Ephesians 2:4 picture Eph. 2:4 graph

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This bookmark is stitched on a cream 18ct aida prefinished bookmark with Needle Necessities overdyed floss and DMC floss.

Colors used on the model are:

NN 156 "Elderberry Wine" for the Rhodes Hearts and the Flower Eyelets (see graphs below.)

DMC 3752 for / symbol -- Sky
DMC 727 for + symbol -- Sun
DMC 3815 for - symbol -- leaves, grass, and long stitches on flower stems
DMC 3781 for % symbol and backstitching -- tree and words

Use 2 strands of floss throughout except for words, which are backstitched with 1 strand. Overdyed floss should not be "folded" to make 2 strands because the colors will not coincide. You need two identical strands going in the same direction to achieve the color change in the model.

On the graphs below, the lines indicate fabric threads and the holes are the holes in your fabric. (This is opposite the way we read most cross stitch graphs, but easier to show the individual threads in the holes.)

In these diagrams, your needle will come up through the fabric at the odd numbers and go down at even numbers. Sometimes you will use the same hole more than once, and it is numbered accordingly. On the Eyelet pattern, you will notice no even numbers, because on an eyelet, you will always come up on the outside of the stitch and go down in the center.

Eyelet Stitch for Flowers

Rhodes Heart
Rhodes Heart