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.

Purfylled Clutch - How Old Is It Really?

Last week I shared the provenance of this clutch as told by my neighbour and I asked you how old you thought this pretty purse really is.

Beaded clutch. Vintage or not?

I loved reading all of your guesses and what I found intriguing is that all of your estimates ranged from 1920's to the 1950's definitely putting it into the 'vintage' category. 

No one thought it might be a modern piece or an antique.

Here are the clues to it's true age.

The label. 

Beaded clutch. Vintage or not? Labels reveal the truth

 And the care instructions.

Beaded clutch. Vintage or not? Labels reveal the truth

Yes, that beautiful Indian purfylling (embellishment) had us all fooled. 

Even the lady who owned it thought she had it for longer then she did. 

Beaded clutch. Vintage or not? Labels reveal the truth

Forever New was founded in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. That dates our pretty clutch to less then 10 years old. Are you surprised?


  1. I think my heart dropped when I saw the label and to be honest, I was hoping it was from the 20s and was excited to find out more about it's history. On the other hand, it's good that she had it for nearly 10 years. i think it's too good to throw away.

    1. '...my heart dropped when I saw the label' That's exactly how I felt when I saw the label too. I am now very undecided as to what to do with it. I already have several of my own clutches that don't really get used, I'm thinking it might be better off being donated. But it's so pretty!


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