Some time ago when I showed you my new edgings for my cross bookmark nanacathy seconded by Jill at Nice piece of Work suggested that I might try to make a fish bookmark. I have been thinking about this ever since then and have been working on the idea on and off.
My first thought was to use filet crochet and I started by making a little sketch.Later I took some of my cream #10 crochet cotton, of which I have plenty, and tried turning it into a piece of filet crochet.
I only used 2 stitches for each hole and block as I thought that otherwise it might be too wide.The problem with this was that I didn’t think the fish showed up very well so a little while later I tried again.
This time I used three stitches for the holes and blocks as is more normal. I also decided to reverse the design so that holes became blocks and vice versa.I thought that the design was clearer this time and I experimented with how I might include extra sections to make an interesting bookmark. However this is over two inches wide which seemed that it might be too much for a bookmark.
Now I wondered if I should try a different tack and remembered my try at making a cross bookmark with bruges lace ribbons.I had given this up because of the width but I thought I could try a symbolic fish shape.As shown this is a bit of a cheat because I made the central motif and sewed it in place with sewing cotton before working in the insets. In practice though it could be made in two parts and I used it to work up a tentative pattern.
I wasn’t sure if I liked it. I think if I did it again I would make the central motif a little daintier.
What do you think. Would this make a satisfactory bookmark?
I then went back to my filet crochet idea and decided to combine the second version with only using the two stitches which gave this.I tried a contrast coloured edging though I haven’t stiffened it as I am still not sure.I don’t think that I would enjoy making either of these as much as my cross bookmark but wondered whether anyone thought they would actually be worth making.
Any comments and suggestions gratefully received. Doesn’t matter if they amount to ‘give up the idea!’