I finally got to make the stitch markers from my kit! Yay! The fabulous Lizzie Wychwood (aka the best spoiler in the world), sent me a new tool to make my stitch markers (since the security at Gatwick confiscated mine)! I was so excited! I ran up to my room to make them as soon as I got home! Here's the sample one she did for me (to show the pattern she created):
My first attempt was actually not that pretty, and to be honest, I was a bit disappointed. I almost always am able to get whatever I'm attempting just right on the first try, when it's craft-related.
What happened was that I actually followed the directions to the letter that Lizzie sent, but that wasn't exactly how she had done the first one. And, sadly, when I tried to "smoosh" the wire flat, trying to get it wrapped around, the top bead got in the way and broke. :(
But I learned from my mistake and the second one came out significantly better (and faster!):
A little lopsided on the top loop, but still better than the first attempt!
And by the fourth stitch marker, I had it down pat! :)
So here is the full set of stitch markers in all their glory! :)
I love, love, love them, and had a blast making them! I was surprised when I reached the end of them...it went by so quickly! And I was sad too...so I figure the best way to cure that sadness is to buy beads and things to make more! :D (Makes sense, right? LOL)
But now I am off to bed after a long, hard, grueling day of S.P.E.W. promotion...I tell you, those elves work hard...and so did I!!! Good night!
ETA: Per request, here are a couple of pictures of the mentioned tool. :)
And a close up of the end (the "circle" part is the wire cutter, the tip is round needle nose pliers):