This listing is for an individually, handcrafted, solid sterling silver, coiled and stamped stitch-keeper
In May 2019 I decided I wanted to finally learn to crochet, and using a fabulous pattern (see #NaturesWalkCAL) helped teach me. I learned doing this that using something to keep the stitches from unravelling was essential. Yes, I learned that the hard way!
Initially I used a spare, large jumpring, but then, decided it would be nice to have something to coordinate with my #HookerRing and also use up the odd offcuts of the narrow sheet I buy to make them. So these co-ordinating #StitchKeepers were devised.
I take a piece of the spare silver, and after filing and sanding all the edges, I tape it to a steel block and stamp the patterns down the length. I then saw off the top and bottom stamping (all these pieces are caught in my bench apron!) , file and sand the new ends of the length and repeat.
Then each individual piece needs filing and sanding on the freshly cut end, so I grip them with my pliers and do so. Finally I take a length of sterling wire, round each end, hammer one end into a paddle shape and then solder that to one of the little stampings. They are more time consuming and fiddly than you'd think!
A clean in the pickle pot, and a turn round my pliers and they are ready for a tumble in Betty-The-Barrel-Polisher for hardening and polishing
Whilst I establish if these are something people might like, I have one of each design available, for immediate dispatch. The yarn shown in use is Scheepjes Stone Washed, which is deemed a sport /baby weight.
As with everything I make, each is slightly different, as I make them individually.