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Black Aida cloth (I prefer 14 count)
DMC floss Numbers 606, 608, 742, 816, 817, 995, 996, 3806, 5200
Size 24 blunt needle
Hoop to hold fabric, optional
I like to cut my fabric so it’s about 2″ wider than the bookmark on each side. After I stitch the design, I like to finish the back of the bookmark this way:
Step 1: The two layers of fabric should overlap slightly at the back. Trim away any excess fabric. (Fig. A)
Step 2: Thread a needle with floss that matches your aida cloth (though I’m using contrasting floss here). Put the needle through top layer of fabric and into bottom layer. (Fig. B)
Step 3: Bring the needle back through the top layer. (Fig. C)
Step 4: Pull the thread through so only small tail is left. (Fig. D)
Step 5: Tie a simple overhand knot (twice to double knot it) with the two pieces of thread. (Fig. E)
Step 6: Cut off loose ends. Repeat 3-4 more times up the folded edge. (Fig. F)
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