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Thursday, June 26, 2008

My Own Beaded Stitch Markers

Recently in a post about Beaded Stitch Markers I talked about this really cool website called Wormspit.com. If you haven't checked it out, you should, especially if you ever use silk for any purpose. It will give you a whole new appreciation for this beautiful natural fiber.

But silk isn't the purpose of this post. It's the Beaded Stitch Markers that Michael shows how to make on his site. I made some myself and thought you might like to see them.

This is what I used to make mine:

I purchased two packages of toggle clasps from my local craft store. Each package has six of the round pieces and six of the straight pieces. The round pieces are what I used for the stitch markers. Any ideas for what to do with the straight pieces would be welcome!

I also used some head pins that I had in my beading box, leftover from past projects.

I got out some beads I had leftover from previous projects, and I also purchased two strings of beads from the craft store. I wasn't sure what I'd be in the mood to use, so this is what I had to choose from when I sat down to make my stitch markers.

I also dug out my good old faithful Rosary making pliers, shown on the right, and got the needle nose pliers from the toolbox in the basement.

Then I started playing with beads and this is what I came up with. I liked the combination of the Cool Multi Colored Glass Luster Beads, along with some smaller clear glass beads and some even smaller round silver beads.

I lined up the beads on the head pins and used my pliers to make a loop in the top, putting it through the hole in the round half of the toggle clasp, and this is what I got. My loop in the top of the head pin is not quite as neat as Michael's, but I think my head pins were much shorter than the pins he was using so I had very little left to hold when making the loop.

Still, I thought they came out quite nicely. I love the different shaped beads...

...and the colors in this set that I used.

They seem to have a good weight to them, and the toggle clasp used has a hole big enough for at least up to a size 9 needle.

Altogether it took me about an hour to make all twelve of these stitch markers. Now I just have to find a knitting project so I can actually use them!

Do you have some little dressed up tool or accessory that you love to use? Share it!

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