Friday, July 01, 2005

Guide to Stitch Markers

This was done by our Miss Julie!
A Guide to Stitch Markers!

Here's a DIY Tutorial on how to make your own stitch markers. Its a lot simpler than you think!

1. Materials!

1. Pliers: You probably have some of these laying around your house. If not check out a hardware store for the best deal. Try to get smooth pliers, with NO teeth! The teeth may be nice for grabbing, but it will marr your wire and potentially snag your knitting! (You could get jewelry pliers like I have, but they're pricey for a little DIY project. )

2. Wire cutters: These are optional, and most pliers will probably have them on the inside of the jaws anyway.

3. Wire: You can buy a coil of wire at the hardware store or wire posts from the jewelry area of the craft store. You can loop the end of regular wire very tightly at one end to imitate the end of the post and keep your beads on the wire if you go that route. They are also sold with the loop on the end. This part is up to you. You can also use jump rings along with the wire for a more uniform stitch marker size.

4. Pen or pencil: If you don't use jump rings, this is to help with the uniformity of the loop on your stitch marker. The bigger the pencil or pen the larger your stitch markers will be. (Sharpies and markers work nice for larger stitch markers, but the posts might not be long enough. So a coil of wire will work best.)

5. Beads! : Go nuts for this! I use seed beads at the bottom with larger beads on top. But you can do whatever you like. Joann Fabrics has a lot of really nice beads for very cheap. They also carry nice crystal beads that are a little pricier, but well worth it. Browse the bead section until you fall in love with something!

Onto the directions!




(note: if you use a jump ring wrap the long piece of your wire around the jump ring until it points down. Then continue...)





Hurray! Repeat until your set is satisfied!


Blogger Sassy Gina-D said...

Thank you! Maybe it's just my computer, but the pictures don't seem to be working in the post.

11:54 PM  
Blogger SpiderWomanKnits said...

Hi! Looks like the directions aren't showing up either. Thanks for organizing this!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I'm not getting all the directions either.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great idea, but there aren't any directions showing up!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

The directions are working on her blog and thank you so much, they really are easy (even though I know mine don't look perfect) and so fun! I can see how you could get addicted to making them!

2:47 AM  
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