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Topic: Mine or Your(s) ... Favorite Tool of the Trade (Hand Embroidery)!!!???  (Read 1157 times)
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Dona Leonor
« on: December 11, 2008 12:06:59 AM »

So there always is something specific that we fall in love with from our embroidery/stitchery supplies/tools.

Well I love my night light (book light). Got it a while ago for about $5.00 from Michael's with a coupon and founded @ the needlework supplies area and in front of the OTT lamps hanging at the lower level of the peg board (or whatever that is called  Wink Roll Eyes)






I think the pictures don't do justice... to me it lights more than what it shows.
I also use this lamp for crocheting at night and of course for reading  Wink .
Going thru lots of insomnia episodes do to FM... Undecided (like at this very moment).

What are your fav's tools Huh!!!


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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008 07:30:49 AM »

i dont know of any favorite tools. all i own is some basic transfer pens, thread, needles and a few hoops.

I am hoping more people post some nifty items. I would really like to see them.

Anyone have good tips for keeping the fabric nice and clean when handling it so much? i was thinking of buying a really tight fitting white glove (like the ones people put on in the movies and wipe thier finger across a mantle to see if it was dusted)  I have been working on a large peice for my BF mother and I see it getting a bit....dingy.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008 09:19:18 AM »

i am absolutely in love with my fine tipped water soluable fabric pen made by dritz. 

even when i have the option of using an actual iron on transfer, i don't bother, i use my fabric pen to trace it to my fabric instead--- no more worrying about messing up the iron on transfer with it being to dark or too light or it moved and now it's all smeary.

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008 11:40:17 AM »

My favorite tool are John James Petite needles and a Star De-tailer.  The needles are shorter than regular needles and allow you to stitch down to the last 2 inches of your fiber.  And we all know that the tail of your thread is never long enough to get in the last couple of stitches. Wink   

The Star De-tailer is a great little gadget for catching and tucking loose tails.  It's a lucite star with a thin wire loop.  (These may also be called Dolollies.)  You tuck the wire loop under your stitches, catch the tail in the loop and then pull the wire back out.  Taa-dah - tail has been tucked.

Anyone have good tips for keeping the fabric nice and clean when handling it so much? i was thinking of buying a really tight fitting white glove (like the ones people put on in the movies and wipe thier finger across a mantle to see if it was dusted)  I have been working on a large peice for my BF mother and I see it getting a bit....dingy.
Rule number one: Always wash your hands before you pick up your needlework.  That will help keep your embroidery and fabric clean.  If you're having a long session, when you get up to stretch (or whatever) wash your hands again.  And, no eating or smoking while stitching.  (I stitch in-hand not in a hoop and have no problems with dirty needle work.)

If you do use a hoop, you can make a "stitch mitten" for your hoop.  Measure the circumference of your hoop and add an inch for seam allowance and another inch for "give".  Cut a piece of fabric as long as that measurement and wide enough to make a casing on both edges (for elastic) and allow for some fabric on the front and back of the hoop and a bit for the side.   For example: 1" (on each side) for elastic casing (1/4" elastic) plus 1" each for front and back overlap plus 1" for depth of hoop and a bit of fabric give 5" for the width of that stip of fabic.   Sew the short ends together using a 1/2" seam allowance and make a big circle.  Fold over the long edges and stitch a casing for the elastic (front and back).  Cut the elastic a bit shorter than the lenght of the strip of fabric.  Thread the elastic and you're done.  It should look like a donut with elastic in the center.  Just slip that over your hoop (like a steering wheel cover) and you're ready to rock.

I cobbled those instructions off the top of my head, so they probably aren't perfect.  But you can tweak them and make them perfect for you. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008 11:54:17 AM »

i am absolutely in love with my fine tipped water soluable fabric pen made by dritz. 

even when i have the option of using an actual iron on transfer, i don't bother, i use my fabric pen to trace it to my fabric instead--- no more worrying about messing up the iron on transfer with it being to dark or too light or it moved and now it's all smeary.


Me too. I don't iron on either. I always use my water soluble pen.

I do like the idea of the light. I always seem to embroider at night and top light really seems to help. I'll be looking for it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2008 09:10:09 AM »

I need that light!
My favorite tool is my Q-snap. I just love it
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2008 09:41:07 AM »

man i am so out of the "hoop" (sorry, bad pun)

what is a q-snap
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2008 09:42:57 AM »

man i am so out of the "hoop" (sorry, bad pun)

what is a q-snap

Here ya go
http://www.qsnap.com/needlework_frames.asp

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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2008 01:20:51 PM »

man i am so out of the "hoop" (sorry, bad pun)

what is a q-snap

They've been on to get list for sometime. I just keep forgetting to order them.  Roll Eyes

I should just do it soon.
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2008 07:34:27 PM »

I use Solvy and love it.  I also am in love with both of my water soluble pens and use them all the time. Sometimes I have a piece I want to alter mid-stream and they are wonderful for making those changes.

I really want a Q-Snap and love that light!  I want some sort of light for right where I normally stitch.  I also agree about washing your hands whenever you go back to your project. 
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