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.

What To Do When Feeling Blewe?

The February Challenge for Historical Sew Monthly is BLUE

What to do?

I can't decide which project to do for this challenge. I'm pondering the following:

1) Finish that nasty polyester bustle.

2) I've also got some new fabric to remake the tampico bustle. Unfortunately the fabric is also a nasty polyester but the weave is far more bustle appropriate, shall launder well and hold it's shape without much fussing (besides it was on sale).

3) I have a blue satin (more polyester - blerch) skirt that has been a UFO for ages now. I'm thinking I would like to transform it from the original plan into a completely different time period.
However, our hot summer weather does not really lend itself to working with satin. You really don't want to be sweating on your satin.

4) I also have a lovely wool blend blue check fabric that I would like to become a Victorian gown. I've never made a Victorian gown before and I would need to make a pattern and toile and then tweak as needed before it could be made up. I don't think I have time to do all of that besides, I don't really want to be working with wool in high summer either.

The plan of action

I'm going to work on all of them. Not complete all of them mind you, just work on all of them.

1) I'll take a look at the nasty polyester bustle and maybe even finish it. Unless it annoys me too much. I took a look at the horrid thing this morning. I think I'm abandoning the original plan for it to be a tampico style bustle and I'm considering alternative designs specifically those from LACMA. "Woman's Bustle England, circa 1875 - LACMA"

2) Cut out the new fabric for another tampico bustle. I think I'd like to try it again with 1" or 1 1/4" pleats this time.

3) For the satin UFO I  will need to spend some time doing research to see if my idea is even plausible. I'll need a bodice to go with the skirt and if I find something maybe I'll get started on drafting up a bodice pattern. I also need to check the skirt over to see what work still needs to be done to finish it, and if weather permits, get sewing.

4) Wash the wool blend because washing wool in hot weather is a good idea, it will dry fast and thoroughly.

blue fabrics

At the end of the month I need to have one of these completed. But at least now I can get started.

You might still be wondering, what do I do when feeling blue? Sew of course!

Do you have any blue UFO's? What about blue fabric hiding in your stash? Tell me what you'll be doing with yours.


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