Last night I finished the third bookmark I sold at the fair. The friend this is for had originally planned to buy this one at the fair:
but someone else bought it first, so I said I'd make her another. No problemo. This was on Thursday. By Saturday, she said she'd been thinking about it, and could I change out the middle pattern? Instead of a star, she wanted "something Celtic." OK, sure. What exactly do you mean by that? Like a Celtic cross? "Well, yes, like that, but not religious," she said.
A non-religious Celtic pattern that will fit into a 1.5" x 4" space. I googled "Celtic design" and a lot of knotwork-type patterns came up, so I thought that might work. The only problem is that hardanger stitching does not lend itself to curves, so it has to be an angular knot, and not too complicated because there's not a whole lot of space.
So here's what I came up with, my Norwegian-Celtic fusion.
If you click on the picture, you can see that the X shapes are actually knots, with the lines weaving through each other. I added the pulled thread stitches to add a little depth.
Hope she likes it.