A lot of people have been asking me how to make the photo stitch markers that I made for Ei and Michelle. Here is my humble answer...
I got all the supplies at Michael's. If you don't have one in your
area, it's just a general craft store. I'd bet you can find this stuff
20 gauge artist wire
Pliers with wire cutter
Toggle Clasp Rings (they are necklace closures)
Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic for Computer Inkjet Printers (It is
very tempting to buy the kind that you write on, because it is half the
price, but make sure you get the one for computer printers)
Find some pictures on your computer and lighten them by using the
brightness control on your photo editing software. The colors should
look light and washed out compared to the original picture:
Arrange the pictures on an 8 x 10 page. I use power point, and I make
the pictures into a slide.Also, resize if necessary. That's another
reason I use powerpoint- It has a ruler on the edges. If you can't see
the ruler, you can go to the "view" menu at the top and select "ruler"
and the ruler will show up. I make the pictures about 2-3 inches square.
Print on the shrinky dink paper. There is a right and wrong side.
Slobber on your finger and touch the paper. If it sticks, it's the right
side. Then make sure you print onto that side.
Cut out the pictures. Don't leave jagged edges or square edges- they'll
catch on your yarn. I round the edges of rectangles just in case.
Punch holes in the top using a regular paper hole puncher. You can even use those shaped hole punchers that scrapbookers use.
Arrange your shrinky dinks on a paper bag (weird, I know) and then put the paper bag on a cookie sheet.
Bake them! Every oven is different. Mine takes 10 minutes at 300 degrees F.
WORD OF CAUTION:
If you don't let them finish baking, they will curl up:
If they curl up, you didn't mess up
. They curl for the
same reason stockinette stitch curls. The middle is bigger than the
edges. Since the edges bake first, the edges shrink first. If they are
curling, just leave 'em in there for a while longer. You will know that
the shrinky dinks are ready to remove from the oven if they are laying
(the Noro wrapper is for size comparison)
Once they lay flat and look like little charms, take them out.
Immediately put a piece of paper on top of them, and push down for 15
seconds. If you think you might burn yourself, use an oven mitt. This
step ensures that your charms remain flat.
Now you have charms! If you have your own way of making stitch markers, then go for it. Here's what I do:
Cut a piece of wire about 3 and a half to 4 inches long.
Loop one end of the wire around the smaller hole of the toggle clasp
Bead a couple of glass beads onto the other end of the wire, and then
put the shrinky dink charm on there. Loop the other end of the wire
around the shrinky dink. Voila!!! Now you can PM and mark the beginning