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SBQ: Essential Needlework Gear

Yay! Anoth­er Stitch­ing Blog­gers’ Ques­tion:

What items do you con­sid­er essen­tial to your needle­work that you keep
in your stitch­ing bag

The pat­tern, fab­ric and ring of floss cards for my cur­rent project, the scroll bars or QSnaps or hoop or what­ev­er I’m using (I sel­dom stitch in hand), and a long sil­ver chain on which I wear my scis­sors and nee­dle case. If I’m work­ing with metallics, I also keep — whoops, what’s the name of it? That tiny blue cube of stuff that makes metallics so much more man­age­able? I’m not using metallics at the moment, so there’s none in my bag, but I guess I should go look up the name of it.

I did keep a seam rip­per in the bag, but I don’t have a safe case for my cur­rent rip­per, so I’m afraid to do that.

Late­ly, I also keep a small magnifier/​light that hangs around my neck in the bag. It doesn’t work so well, though, so I should prob­a­bly just take it out.

I real­ly need to replace my bag. It’s falling apart, and the zip­per is stub­born. It’s been incred­i­bly good for a free­bie bag, though! It last­ed about ten years.

I’ve lust­ed after a nice stand­ing or lap frame for years — one of the good, stur­dy ones, with attach­ments for a lamp and a mag­ni­fi­er and chart hold­er and a place to put your fibers and such. Some even come with cup hold­ers! The nice ones are trés expen­sive, though. I don’t want to both­er with the flim­sy ones, as I think they’d be more frus­trat­ing than help­ful.

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