SBQ: Essential Needlework Gear

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Needlework, SBQ | Posted on 03-04-2008

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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.

SBQ: Needlework tools

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Needlework, SBQ | Posted on 03-08-2006

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The stitch­ing blog­gers ques­tion of the week is

Do you have a favorite needle­work tool that you like to work with? What is it and why do you like using it?

I use very few tools in stitch­ing. There are many that I’ve tried or con­sid­ered, but only one thing oth­er nee­dles and scis­sors has stuck: My Favorite DoLol­ly.

I notice that Boo Boo sticks are avail­able again, though. Those I’d like to try.

SBQ: Embroidery scissors

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Needlework, SBQ | Posted on 26-07-2006

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Embroi­dery Scis­sors

Orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by tech­nomom.

This week’s Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion is

Many of us have a few pairs of embroi­dery scis­sors and some even have a “col­lec­tion”. How many pairs of scis­sors do you have? Feel free to share a pho­to of your favorite pair or pairs with us!

I just have the one pair, but that pair is sacred! No one dares to use them for any­thing but the snip­ping of threads.

It is actu­al­ly the lat­est in a suc­ces­sion of iden­ti­cal scis­sors that have served me well for many years. I pre­fer sim­ple scis­sors that func­tion well to dec­o­ra­tive ones.

What I’m miss­ing right now are good fab­ric scis­sors, as mine were used by an ex to cut PAPER. (That per­son fits much bet­ter in a size X.)

The piece is my favorite cur­rent WIP, Drag­on Dreams’ “Fairy Tale Sam­pler.”