Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Bobbin Lace Inspiration

You already know that Eleanora's caul influenced me to learn bobin lace but I want to share with you some of the extant garments that also inspired me.

Stunning green silk doublet is purfylled (embellished) in embroidery and bobbin lace. The bobbin lace braid is a fairly simple design worked with both narrow and thick threads with small picots down one side. The braid is used to edge the embroidery design which is worked on silk strips then applied to the velvet doublet.
1580 doublet silk, metallic thread, brass

1570 Jerkin

Velvet Jerkin decorated with silver bobbin lace of scallops with a picot edge.

Two-tone lace on the Margaret Laton Jacket worked with spangles on the picots. This jacket in particular had me lusting after the lace.
1610-1615 Laton Jacket

childs dress c1600


gold and silver lace

And of course we may never know what happened to Eleanora's caul from her burial garments however her portraits indicate she had several pearled cauls and matching partlets. Which I think have been constructed using bobbin lace techniques.




Eleanora in a red satin gown
 by Bronzino




from the Bronzino portrait we all know and love


I really couldn't say with any certainty what style of lace has been employed for each of these garments let alone make accurate reproductions of them, however I hope to be able to do so one day. Are you a lace aficionado? Which lace techniques do you think have been used?

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