Hope is the Anchor of the Soul Bookmark

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A Bristol Board bookmark worked on very fine perforated paper, probably of Victorian origin. It is worked in long stitches, satin stitch and cross stitch. The paper, or ‘board’, is punched evenly at 24 stitches to one inch (2.5cm) making it as fine as was made in that period.

The bookmark is backed with silk ribbon but could be mounted and framed.

It measures 3.5 x 6in (9 x 15cm) and will be supplied protected between stiff card and wrapped in tissue.


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The story of this little treasure

Stitching paper is based on early Victorian punched paper, also referred to as Bristol Board and made in England as early as 1840. The Victorians used it to work bookmarks, needle cases, pincushions, glove and handkerchief boxes, notebook covers and greetings cards.

The paper proved versatile and could be stitched, folded, glued and cut to make pretty cross stitch projects and used to fill scrapbooks and treasure albums.

I have collected items stitched on early perforated paper for many years and these include samplers, bookmarks and needlecases.