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Beaded Stitch Counters
These beautiful, beaded Needlework accessories are useful AND easy to make - an unbeatable combination! I've already given away 3 sets as gifts... Hmmm, maybe I need to make some for myself!


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To use these lovely accessories, insert one to keep your place as you count out on your canvas.

For example, in my Charted Canvas Design, Lip Service, the border is stitched first and the count on it is critical. I would start the first section of the border by taking 1 or 2 stitches and then I would count across the necessary 90 stitches. I sometimes have trouble keeping track, so I would put the first Counter in to mark the first 10th stitch, count the next 10 stitches, put in another counter, count another 10, pull the FIRST stitch counter and move it to the 30th stitch. I would hopscotch my way across until I reached the requisite 90 stitches. Then I would be able to simply stitch my way across until I reached the Stitch Counter.

On an ironic note, when I was stitching the companion piece for Lip Service (which is called Finger Paint), I had laid out the border on the top and left side, using sewing thread as I suggest in the Chart. I stitched the very outside of the border and then counted in from there to start work on the center. I had not finished the border, since I had not designed it yet, *grin* but I wanted to get to work on the center section which was fully designed. I miscounted and had a near disaster on my hands! I had to do a combination of ripping *frustrating but not bad* AND re-designing *always scary*. Right after this, I learned about Stitch Counters. I realized that if I had used them on Finger Paint, this potential disaster could have been avoided!

The good news is that Finger Paint survived. I'm very happy with the design but I am still traumatized by the near disaster caused by my miscount!

These exquisite Stitch Counters were featured on page 22 of the March/April 2000 issue of Needlepoint Now. I made some changes to fit my available beading supplies.

Tapestry Needles - I used size 24 for 18ct canvas and 26 for Congress Cloth.
Beading Thread
Super Glue
Assorted Beads


Step 1:
Cut Beading Thread 7-8" long, thread Needle and tie several knots in the end of the thread.
I tied the knots over each other until I had a knot large enough to keep a bead from sliding off.
Put a drop of Super Glue on the knot and let it dry.

Step 2:
After glue is dry, string beads on to thread.
The first bead, which will be the bottom bead, should be relatively small since it will act as a stopper against the knot.

Step 3:
After all of the beads are strung, tie thread in an overhand knot and work the knot down the thread until it is close to the top bead.
I tied several knots and used a large needle to slide them down.

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Color code the beads according to needle size and mesh size you will be using them on.

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