Thursday, March 28, 2013
In My Embroidery Toolkit
Since we've talked about various tools recently (scissors and needles and thimbles, oh my!), I thought it might be fun to share what's in my embroidery toolkit. I know I keep a few items handy that aren't obvious embroidery tools, and I bet you all do, too!
So, here's my toolkit all dumped out for you (pictured above):
- a few thin strips of a plain cotton, for hoop binding,
- a Pilot Frixion heat-erase pen, which I use to mark (only) white or light-colored fabrics,
- my trusty Sajou embroidery knife,
- a mini-screwdriver from a sewing machine maintenance kit, for tightening hoops and saving my poor fingers!,
- sewing pins for holding excess fabric out of my way,
- a tiny crochet hook, to help weave in those ends at the back that I left a little too short,
- a mini-hole punch and scraps of heavy paper, to make simple thread-keepers on the fly,
- and the usual small needlebook full of an assortment of needles (not shown).
And I keep it all in a little paper pieced zipper pouch I made just for this purpose! It's a little geeky, but I like to know I can just grab the pouch and have all the tools I'll need, rather than getting up every 5 minutes to hunt down something I've forgotten (which is how I used to work!). These tools represent little tips I've picked up from all over the place - from professional embroiderers at a workshop to bloggers and just things I thought might come in handy.
I want to know what tools you like to keep by your side, or what your favorite tool is, but not just yet! We're going to have some exciting competition news very soon and details on how to share - keep your eyes peeled for further instructions!