Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Wire and Beads = Seamless Stitch Markers

Czech Glass Beads Stitch MarkersAs promised, my stitch markers are new and improved! This diagram shows the wire in red, the beads in blue. With wire cutters, clip enough 24 gauge wire to wrap around a needle twice, leaving at least an inch extra at both ends, or however long you want the beaded dangle to be. With small pliers, pinch the ends together directly under the needle, to crimp the wires into a right angle. To keep the wire from springing off the needle, keep holding the pliers while threading a bead or two onto both ends of the wire, then let go of the pliers. Add remaining beads, preferably ending with a 4mm seed bead. With wire cutters, clip the ends even to within 5mm of the last bead. Use round nose pliers to curl each wire end into the last bead. Now you have seamless stitch markers!


I hope my Bead-it pal likes these Czech glass beads....

5 comments:

  1. great job! i'm sure your bead it pal will like them very much!

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  2. I love the Stitch Markers!!! Soo weird that you got me as a secret Bead it Too pal AGAIN!!! lol

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  3. ooooooOOoo pretty markers

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  4. Thanks for showing how to make the markers! I cleaned up my oversized/underused bead stash yesterday and will definitely try this technique! Very pretty (goes for your Tempting, too.)

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  5. Your stitchmarker technique is brilliant! I love the ones that you sent me.

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