I consider myself a no-frills person. I don’t usually wear jewelry, and I don’t exactly consider myself girly, but for some reason, when I saw some of the stitch markers at Etsy.com. I knew I had to have some.
But instead of buying them, I decided I’d make some myself. Did I mention I’m cheap too?
I figured there would be three parts to the markers:
- A ring to fit into the knitting needles.
- Beads for decoration.
- Something to hold them together.
So I went to the local craft shop, and bought myself a selection of pretty, shiny beads. For the markers I got some jewelry toggles (I just threw away the bars that act as fasteners, and kept the rings). To hold them together I found some fancy pins.
The hardest part was twisting the pins to hold the beads and rings together. They were pretty thick. I had to use a pair of tiny pliers I found in a drawer.
Considering I’d never done any kind of jewelry making, I think they came out pretty well. I was so pleased that I went on to make some markers for my crochet projects.
Since in crochet the markers don’t go on the needles, but into the stitches, I used leverback earrings instead of rings. And while the pins had served me well, I decided to try jewelry wire this time, which is thinner, thus easier to manipulate.
All in all I spent about $25USD. I made 16 markers, and have enough materials to make at least another 12. My craftsmanship is not as good as the one of the Esty people, but I’m happy with the result.