Add a nice colorful touch to your fringe using this technique for floss bookmark accents. Select one or more strands of embroidery floss using a color you've used in the design, as I did with my Garden Treasures Bookmarks, or spice it up with a contrasting color.
Look closely at this picture and you'll see that these bookmark accents do not come from one side or the other. They blend in with the other strands of the fringe because they originate from between the two sides.
Despite the number of diagrams to follow, this is really quite easy. Do one bookmark in this manner, and you probably will not have to check back here for the next one.
In short, you will bring your floss up to the wrong side of your fabric, weave your floss in a crazy-eight pattern underneath existing stitches, then bring the floss back down through to the right side of the fabric.
This anchors the floss strands in place as you stitch the row of half stitches that joins the front and back pieces.
Here's the long version
Do this step once you've finished stitching both sides, but before you join them:
NOTE: From now on, I will describe this process as if you'll be using six strands, too.
Now that you have your floss accents "tacked" in place on each end, you can join the front of the piece to the back. Do this by placing half stitches around the perimeter of the piece, in the row immediately adjacent to the last row of cross stitches.
When you come to holes where the floss accents are located, lightly tug on the floss tails so they are straight. Hold them in place as you put your half stitch in the hole over these floss strands.
When you are finished, the top side should look like this.
After joining sides, note the floss in the middle between the two sides of the "sandwich."
Next, remove the fabric rows to make fringe. Click here for instructions and diagrams on Making Fringe.
Last, gently comb through the fringe with your fingers to intermix the floss accents. Manipulate the individual strands to make sure you can see these accents on both sides.
If you haven't already, trim the fringe to your desired length.
The above instructions give just one way to add floss accents to your projects. Try these:
Have fun experimenting with bookmark accents!