Once upon a time, I was given a bookmark that quickly became my favourite. It was made of fabric with glorious stars on one side and another pattern on the other that I can’t remember (clearly I didn’t look at this side quite as much). Small weights were sealed in either end to keep the bookmark in place or to hold down fly-away pages if you happened to be reading in a breeze, which happens more often than you might think.
As time went by and the well-loved bookmark kept my place in book after book, certain wear and tear began to take place. A little hole here. A little patch there.
Eventually, I had to face facts: if I didn’t do something soon, the weights were going to fall out of the rapidly-developing holes and my bookmark would be no more. But I didn’t want a new bookmark, so what could I do?
Make a new one, of course!
A couple of weekends ago, I set myself the task of having a new (but not new) bookmark by the time Sunday had rolled around. So I found myself some likely material and set about measuring up the old bookmark and gutting it to scavenge the end weights. As far as I could tell, the original bookmark had been sealed with a build-up of zig-zag stitches, but I wasn’t into that idea. Surely bias binding would do just as well!
It wasn’t easy sailing. I made a lot of extra work by pinning it all up the right way, deciding it was wrong, then pinning it the wrong way. By this time, I couldn’t be bothered with doing any more pinning, so I just made the best of it.
Next time, I’d do quite a few things differently (such as checking the direction of the pinning before placing a single pin). There will be a next time, I’m sure, but hopefully it won’t be for a few years.
For now, I’m quite happy with my not-new bookmark. It might look completely different, but it’s the same bookmark in spirit.
Have you ever made a new version of a favourite object? Let me know in the comments.