This weekend, my husband, Michael Bailey, will be participating in the Local Author Fair at the Worcester Public Library. As a result, we’ve been pretty book focused lately, and so it seemed like a good time to share a collection of Storied Threads bookmarks! All of our bookmarks are derived from literary inspirations – here are just a few of my favorites.
Possibly the best stage direction ever written comes from Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale”. In Act II, Scene iii, the direction simply reads, “Exit, pursued by a bear”.
Shakespeare is one of my great loves, so it’s no surprise, really, that this is one of two bookmarks in my shop that are inspired by the Bard of Avon. The bear silhouette was drawn by my husband, and is possibly the most adorable, least threatening pursuing bear ever.
This bookmark is embroidered in dark brown thread on off white cotton canvas.
“It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.”
Alright, I’ll grant you that technically, this quote is from a movie, and not a literary source. But given the nature of the quote, and Evie’s occupation as a librarian, it nevertheless seemed like a perfect choice for one of our bookmarks.
This bookmark shows the outline and scarab detail of the lock from Imhotep’s sarcophagus and the Book of the Dead, stitched in gold thread on khaki cotton canvas, and Evelyn’s ironic statement is stitched below it in dark brown.
You know that feeling, when there’s something you desperately need to keep secret? And the more you talk to the person in front of you, the more convinced you are that they absolutely know you’re lying, and can see the guilt written all over your face?
Yeah. Edgar Allen Poe knew that feeling, too.
This clever design takes full advantage of the long vertical shape of a bookmark in order to show not only the quote, but the floorboards with a beating heart hidden in the dark space underneath.
Both Dracula and Renfield know all too well that the blood is the life. Sadly, Renfield has to resort to the insects in his cell to satisfy that need.
This design, depicting one of Renfield’s unfortunate flies, was orignally done as a patch in our shop, but it never quite caught on in that format. It’s seen much better success since we decided to re-work it for our bookmark line!
The great thing about our embroidered bookmarks — besides just being awesome bookmarks — is that are still fully functional as sew-on patches, too! Use it to hold your place in your favorite novel, or sew it on a bag or jacket to show your literary loves to the world.