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.

5 Reference Books From My Bookshelf

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some of my favourite books

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite historical costume reference books that aren't by Ms Arnold. These 5 books I have read and re-read and will read again.



This sweet little book about colour looks like it isn't big enough to hold a lot of information but it is chock full of great info. One of the things I love about it is squirrelled away in the back, listing archaic and historical colour names.


I prefer the cover for my copy of Jewelery, it shows that incredible 1700's gold and emerald Spanish bodice ornament over the entire cover, without that white surround.

Jewelery From Antiquity to the Present gives you a tour of jewellery from the Ancient World right through to the 1990's. 



My copy of Costume and Fashion A Concise History has a really boring (to me) cover of a Christian Lacroix Trend Sketch. I have the revised, expanded and updated edition, which is probably what all new versions have been for a while. It walks you through costume history from the Greeks and Romans through to the mid 1990's.

I've also got an earlier edition which goes through to the 80's. The earlier edition has a different cover image from American Vogue 1927. I don't think it particularly matters which edition you get.


The cover on 400 Years of Fashion looks like it's be changed to capitlise on the current vintage trends. I LOVE mine with the cover featuring an amazing red silk mantua richly purfylled with silver thread.

400 years of fashion takes you through the Victoria & Albert Museum Costume collection. I wonder if the new edition has more colour photos? Totally drool worthy, try not dribble on the pages. 



Juan de Alcega published his Pattern book in 1589. The patterns are all his. Thankfully Jean Pain & Cecilia Bainton translated it into English.

I don't even know where to start, but that's okay because I'll be talking about the stuff inside a lot more (that is if I ever get my head out of my pattern making, notes and spreadsheets for this book to share some of it.)

Share your favourite titles in the comments!

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