Dragon Bookmark

DSC_0071While we are all waiting for the new illustrated HP (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), I got the British edition of Fantastic Beasts illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill. Olivia’s graphic style is very different from Jim Kay, but I think that can be attributed to the merits of the book. The edition turned out very atmospheric and even vintage. I really love it! And of course, I made the bookmark for it!

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This time I chose the image of a small cute dragon:DSC_0106

Not sure that it can be classified. Newt Scamander would have accurately determined that guy, but for me it will quite come for the Antipodean Opaleye or even the Swedish Short-Snout.DSC_0109

It seems that the book now has a special Ravenclaw mood, but I don’t mind at all.DSC_0103

Here is the Dragon pattern:IMG

And a few more pages from the book:DSC_0110DSC_0112DSC_0116DSC_0114

The other bookmarks you can find herehere and here.

P.S.: Did you see the new covers of Harry Potter 20th anniversary editions designed by Brian Selznick? They will be gorgeous!

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It’s Time For Bunnies

DSC_0005 copyIt is no secret that now is the best time for bunnies. There are many cute bunny shaped Easter treats in the stores. These days I often meet some wild rabbits on the trail near my home. There are bunnies in trend books and movies. Therefore it’s not surprising that I chose the bunny when I started sewing a toy for the newborn son of my friend.
This little polka dot guy is now going to baby boy Theo, and you can use the pattern to make the same one:

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Happy Easter, friends! 🐰

Black Dog (or Grim) Bookmark. HP book 3

Recently I received my copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and as always I’m thrilled with the beauty of Jim Kay’s work. This is my favorite book from the whole HP series and to have it in such a glorious format is a real magical happiness. I like a different vision of the characters by the artist, his attention to detail and stunning ingenuity.

And of course, I made a new thematic bookmark! I thought for a long time on what to stop. Or not, actually, I chose between a ginger cat and a black dog. I really-really like Hermione’s Crookshanks! 🙂 But eventually, I stopped at the Animagus form of Sirius Black. This guy is one of my favorite characters, and the Grim-like dog is a very symbolic for the Book 3 in general.

It is best to use felt to make a bookmark and ‘for Geminio’ you can use the following pattern:

That’s what I got as a result

And as always, let’s look inside the book!

The title of Style Icon undoubtedly goes to Professor Trelawney!

Yeah, it is an excellent illustrated edition like all the previous ones!

The other bookmarks you can find here and here. And here is a great recipe for yummy pumpkin juice!

Leonardo Cat. Cross Stitch

Today I will show you a very beautiful large cross-stitch picture. This is a reproduction of the picture by wonderful artist Geoff Tristram and it’s called ‘Leonardo’.

This project can take a lot of time, but the finished cross-stitch picture turns out magnificent.

I found the pattern here. Please, keep in mind that the key table shows only Dimensions threads codes. To convert them to DMC use this link.

Tea Book

Hey there! It is almost spring, and I want to show you the one of my February projects. It’s not quite ‘Quiet’ Book, but it is definitely quilt. 🙂

I made it for my wonderful friend Oksana as a birthday gift. In fact, the main gift was this tea cup…

… and the Book is just kind of addition with some tea stories.

Green tea is all about Chinese dragon in a cup:Black tea shows some Indian elephants:Linden tea reminds of grandmother and harvesting linden blossoms:

Your cup of tea can tell many wonderful stories. You only need to listen, and look, and smell, and taste…

Polar Bear Bookmark

Do you like ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ and its retellings as I do? This fairy tale was collected and recorded by the Norwegian folklorists, Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe. They published it around 1845 in one of their first collections of tales. ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ had been previously popular in Scandinavian countries and then gained popularity in the United Kingdom and United States after the first English translation. It was also included by Andrew Lang in ‘The Blue Fairy Book’ (1889).Today ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ has so many adaptations, I can’t even count, but few of them I really like because of illustrations (‘East o ‘the Sun and West o’ the Moon’ by P.J. Lynch), or narrative (‘East’ by Edith Pattou), or singularity and design (‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ by Jackie Morris). So I decided to make a fairy bookmark for these books.

Of course, I was inspired by a necklace from Jackie Morris’ book, and made it with blue lace and beads.

For Polar Bear I took white felt and used this pattern:polar bear pattern

So, twenty minutes of time and a bookmark is ready! And yes, if you really want, it could be a necklace too. 🙂dsc_0008

Enjoy your reading!