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How to make beaded stitch markers February 25, 2010

Posted by hollyspinner in Craft, jewelry, Knitting, Life, Tutorial.
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Here is a nice little tutorial on how to make a simple beaded stitch marker.  This is a great project to use up some of those left over beads.


  • A jump ring – in a size that will fit your knitting needle
  • A head pin
  • A seed bead – with a large enough hole to fit the head pin
  • A larger bead – for this project I used 6mm Red Howlite round beads
  • Round nosed pliers
  • Needle nosed or chain nosed pliers

The How-To

  1. Place the large bead on the head pin.
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  3. Place the seed bead on top of the large bead on the head pin.
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  5. With the round nosed plies made a loop at the top of the head pin.
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  7. Using the needle nosed pliers snug the end of the head pin down into the seed bead.
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  9. Open the jump ring.
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  11. Place the bead onto the jump ring.
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  13. Close jump ring.
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That is all there is to it.

Make one, make fifty.

Keep them all for your own knitty project or give them as gifts to all your fiber friends


Tutorial – How to make a silhouette using GIMP January 20, 2010

Posted by hollyspinner in Craft, Tutorial.

How to make Silhouettes using a digital photo and Gimp 2.6. – my favorite free photo manipulation program.

1. Find a photo – If you don’t have a photo handy Flickr has a ton of great photos that have creative commons license that you can use. For this exercise I am using a photo of a shoe from the Northhampton Museum collection over on Flickr

2. In Gimp open your photo – this is your background layer.

3. Under windows, dockable dialogs, open layers (or hit ctrl + L) this will open a small window with all of your layers in it.

4. By clicking the icon at the bottom left of the layers window, add a layer, name it fill.  Add another layer, name it shadow.  You now have 3 layers (background, fill, shadow)

5. Increase your zoom to 200%.  This make small details easier to outline.

6. Open the path tool.  This can be found in the toolbox or under tools.  Make sure your path tool has the design button selected.

7. Using the path tool outline your object.

8. When your object is completely outline, hit enter. The line will blink.

9. In the path tool click “selection from path”

10. Choose the bucket fill.  Make sure that “fg color fill” is selected.   Your foreground color should be black, your background color should be white.  Affected area should be “fill whole section”

11. With the bucket click on your object filling it with black.

12.Click on the fill layer.

13. In the select menu click “none”

14. Change your bucket tool selection from “FG color fill” to “BG color fill”.

15. Click over the background with your bucket filling it with white.

16. If you wish to have a silhouette of more than one object in the same picture, put each object in its own layer.

17. There is a sillouette.  You can flatten the image to save as a jpg file in the image menu.