New books always seem to want to close when you are reading them, and sometimes you just don’t have two hands to keep them open, especially if you are enjoying a cup of tea while reading.
I saw and idea for a weighted bookmark and just had to create my own version of one to keep the book securely open, and the bonus is you can use it as a bookmark at the same time.
- material scraps
- washers or something else that has weight
- sewing machine
- thread and scissors
As I can’t get out to purchase more washers during this lockdown time in Ontario (third one since the pandemic started) I used washers from my washer necklace idea awhile ago.
After measuring the length and width of one of my favourite crochet bookmarks, I doubled the width, added a bit of seam allowance, and stitched my own version.
- with wrong sides together stitch each end of the bookmark
- turn so the right sides are facing out
- press seams into place
- place washer in the end and stitch a little pocket
- repeat for the other end
- seem around all sides of the bookmark
In the book, Maisie, believes a young lad, Freddie Hackett, when he says he saw a murder committed and against opinion that she should drop the case, she is determined to find out who and why the murder is committed. Freddie delivers messages and on the way saw a murder, and after delivering the message he goes to the police, but they do not believe him. Maisie pursues the investigation and uncovers a lot of information, and finally solves the case.
For those that haven’t read this series, Maisie is a psychologist and investigator who enlisted as a nurse in WW1. Dr. Maurice Blanche was her mentor in learning to become an investigator and in 1929 she opened her detective agency with Billy Beale as her assistant. As well as her agency she is involved in top secret investigations with the War Office. This book concludes with the bombing of Pearl Harbour in WWII I’m really hoping there are more books in this series, but do have my doubts. At the end Maisie had married an American, she is winding down her agency and giving more over to Billy, so she can spend more time with her daughter and family.
The weighted bookmark kept the pages open and was easily moved from top to bottom of the page. It is also used a a bookmark (one end inside the book and one end outside the book) for the next time I want to read it.
Make your own bookmark
- crochet bookmark
- don’t bug me bookmark
- magnetic bookmark
- recycled playing card bookmarks
- weighted bookmark