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.

Historical Sew Monthly - The Plan

I'm participating in the HISTORICAL SEW MONTHLY this year.

For each challenge I intend to try and finish a work in progress rather then a new project.

Here's the list of challenges and my initial thoughts for what I will do for each challenge.

January – Foundations: make something that is the foundation of a period outfit.

I have several incomplete foundation garments.
I plan to finish the bias binding on the red corset experiment.

Corset | Stays

February – Colour Challenge Blue: Make an item that features blue, in any shade from azure to zaffre.
My incomplete projects includes a dark blue satin gown. Satin and February heat are not compatible. I'll have to figure something else out.

March – Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
Ahhhh YES! This will be fun. My stash is bound to provide, I just hope there's enough lining and interlining fabrics.

the sewing stash

April – War & Peace: the extremes of conflict and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear. Make something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.
I'll have to put my thinking cap on and do some research. I never remember the political events that effect fashion.

May – Practicality: Fancy party frocks are all very well, but everyone,even princesses, sometimes needs a practical garment that you can DO things in. Create the jeans-and-T-Shirt-get-the-house-clean-and-garden-sorted outfit of your chosen period.
This just screams Viking to me. New fabric may be needed however. And as I'm not buying new fabric maybe I can refresh something old, or work on some guards to improve garment longevity, I've been itching for a reason to do some tablet weaving.

June – Out of Your Comfort Zone: Create a garment from a time period you haven’t done before, or that uses a new skill or technique that you’ve never tried before.
I want to try some boy stuff. This might be just the project for it.

July – Accessorize: The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look. Bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.
A fan perhaps? Maybe a lace edged handkerchief? There are some mitts I've been thinking about....too many options.

August – Heirlooms & Heritage: Re-create a garment one of your ancestors wore or would have worn, or use an heirloom sewing supply to create a new heirloom to pass down to the next generations.
Ohhhhhh, lace making month?

September – Colour Challenge Brown: it’s not the most exciting colour by modern standards, but brown has been one of the most common, and popular, colours throughout history. Make something brown.
Time to use up that muddy satin! But on what?

October – Sewing Secrets: Hide something in your sewing, whether it is an almost invisible mend, a secret pocket, a false fastening or front, or a concealed message (such as a political or moral allegiance).
It's a secret - I'm not telling.

November – Silver Screen: Be inspired by period fashions as shown on-screen (film or TV), and recreate your favourite historical costume as a historically accurate period piece.
Oh I wonder if I can even find the movie? I have a specific one in mind but I don't even remember what it was called! I think it might have been a b&w Robin Hood story. I remember the dress at least.

December – Re-Do: It’s the last challenge of the year, so let’s keep things simple by re-doing any of the previous 11 challenges.
Time will tell.

some of my favourite books

Well, hopefully life doesn't happen too much and I'll be able get something done each month. Of course now that I've made a (rather vague) plan I probably will do completely different stuff.


  1. This is a great way to plan for the New Year. It sounds like you have some great projects coming up. Thanks for sharing this with Hump Day Happenings!

    1. Now I just need to keep to the plan. Thanks for visiting!


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