Grapes Bookmark
by Deborah K. Lauro

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This bookmark is stitched on oatmeal 18ct aida with Needle Necessities overdyed floss.

Colors used on the model are:

NN 195 "Coronation" for the border and grapes. Both were stitched with smyrna crosses. (see graph below.)

NN 125 "Mocha Fudge" for the Long Armed cross stitch bands (see graph below), back stitching on leave band, and the cross stitched grape stem.

NN 133 "British Green" for the Herringbone bands (see graph below), diagonal long stitches on the leave bands and the leaves on the main grape cluster. Also a few green slant stitches were inserted within the grape bunch where the grapes are not tight together.

Use 2 strands of floss throughout. 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.

When finished, machine stitch around the design three squares away from the smyrna border. Fringe to within one square of machine stitching.

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.


Long Armed Cross Stitch
Long Armed Cross

Smyrna Cross