Bookmarks Anyone?


I just love bookmarks. And as a reader, what could be a more perfect accessory?

Years ago, when I first started traveling for work, I didn’t have a lot of money to pick up souvenirs. However, I went to some interesting places and wanted to be able to have a remembrance.

Since I always tried to squeeze in a visit to at least one bookstore on every trip (if longer than one day), I settled on picking up a bookmark when I could find them. Now these were the days when independent bookstores were everywhere, so the opportunities were tremendous.

My collection became so large, that I now have them stored in a decorative photo box. I pull them out maybe once a year and remember some of the fun — and not so fun — places that I visited.

But most of my freebie, souvenir bookmarks are of relatively cheap paper, and I never actually use them. This means that while they’re a fun remembrance, they’re not functional.

So, in addition to the souvenirs, I like to get interesting — but functional bookmarks. In my last few trips to England I have found some leather bookmarks at cathedrals and castles, with the name and a drawing of the building on the front. I figure these are pretty sturdy, so do use them.

I can’t resist looking at the bookmark displays in Barnes and Noble and Borders. I have a particular fondness for ones with long strings of beads at the end, or pretty much anything featuring a fairy or a cute cat. But I think my absolute favorites are ones of laminated international stamps.

One of my friends came back from England last year and gave me a Tudor needlepoint bookmark to make, with the Tudor rose on it. It had been years since I did any needlepoint, but it was a really easy pattern, and I just love it.

Another friend sells crocheted bookmarks with beads at craft shows, and I’ve been the recipient of several. In fact, these latter bookmarks have sent me off on a search for knitting patterns for bookmarks. I figure this would be the perfect way to use up little dibs and dabs of yarn. I’ve found quite a few patterns, but so far, each one has some pattern element that I don’t understand. I’m going to keep looking, though.

How about you? Do you like bookmarks? What’s your favorite style? Any kinds you don’t like?


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8 Responses to “Bookmarks Anyone?”

  1. katie bug no pun intended says:

    I LOVE bookmarks! I usually go to the bookmarks before I go to the books. I like the ones with beads also and sometimes I make my own. Now I’m going to try to find knitting patterns for bookmarks. Thank you for that idea. They make nice gifts too.

  2. LeeB. says:

    I love bookmarks. Have lots and lots. And I try to collect freebies wherever I travel.

  3. LinnieGayl says:

    Katie bug, if you find any simple knitting patterns, please let me know.

  4. katie bug says:

    LinnieGayl; This is a wonderful web site. They have lots of easy knit and crochet bookmark patterns. You have to join to be able to access the patterns and most of them are free but there isn’t anything you can’t find there about knitting and crocheting. Enjoy! Kathy

  5. Anne Marble says:

    I love bookmarks and never seem to have enough of them, even though I have extras all around. I have started putting “loose” bookmarks in my book case, sticking out between books, so that I can find them.

    Last last year, I got sick of never being able to find bookmarks when I needed them, so I made my own by cutting pink cardboard (OK, Dad insisted on doing that part because he wanted the lines to be just so :)) and decorating them with the fluffiest Lisa Frank stickers I could find. I love the contrast of putting a bookmark with rainbows and happy unicorns into a book about serial killers or depressed teens. I like to leave them in books I’m still reading (and I’m always reading a chapter here or there), so it’s time to buy some more stickers and cardboard.

    The ones I don’t like are the ones that clip on because they always end up tearing the pages, no matter what the manufacturers claim. Also, I tried those little sticky ones that clip over the page. They don’t hurt the page, but they’re too hard to see.

  6. AAR Heather says:

    I love them too. My oldest son has even picked up my love for them and collects them as well. It’s the little things that make me happy!

  7. LinnieGayl says:

    Thanks, KatieBug! I’ll check it out.

    Anne, that’s a great idea keeping bookmarks in books on shelves. That never occurred to me, but it must make the shelves look rather festive. And your bookmarks sound really cute.

    Heather, how fun that your son collects them as well.

  8. Helen W. says:

    I also collect bookmarks on my travels. I enjoy using them and remembering my trip. I often fashion bookmarks from greeting cards that I receive for special occasions. The paper is sturdy and it extends my pleasure in the card.