Updated October 24, 2023
You know how annoying it is when the plastic wrap clings to itself when you are wrapping up leftovers? What if you could take that clingy property and use it to your advantage? What if it allowed you to do things with tape and needlepoint that you couldn’t do before?
Let me introduce you to Hugo’s Amazing Tape. It’s a product from outside needlepoint that turns out to have wonderful and practical uses within needlepoint.
The tape comes in 2″, 1″, and 1/2″ widths and, as you can see, a light blue color in bulk.
It has absolutely no adhesive on it, so it won’t harm canvases and can be reused.
It’s simple to use. Cut at least the length you need and then wrap it around the items. It sticks to itself, so just press down to seal.
You can overlap the edges, or wrap several times without harming the items underneath.
It sounds weird, but it really does work!
I first used it to secure the ends of canvases I was about to ship. Instead of using two rubber bands, I just cut a length of this and wrapped the canvas top and bottom. It kept the canvases rolled tightly and was easier to use than rubber bands.
I also used it to secure large Kreinik spools. I can never get the thread end into this spool securely. I wrapped it with the end unsecured in Amazing tape. The thread is neat (no more tangles) and I will be able to see the thread color easily.
Finally, I made a bag to store some loose thread. While this won’t work well when actively using a thread, it is a neater storage method. The narrow width of the tape means you will probably need several lengths to create your bag. Just overlap each length slightly and press down. Your bag should be at least 3/4″ bigger than your thread to seal all around.
I sealed the top and then did each side. The top didn’t stay sealed while I worked but it was easy to reseal. My bag was a bit narrow and I had a big blob of thread, so it didn’t stay sealed at the fold. Even so, it controlled the thread, making it great for storage.
Although I haven’t tried it yet, this would be a fantastic way to organize your stretcher bars by taping each length together. You could even write the length over and over again on the tape.
Another use is to hold books open. This could be a great way to keep a stitch dictionary open to the correct page. Unwrap and rewrap for the next page.
I also tested writing on it with both a Sharpie and a ballpoint pen. The Sharpie worked, the ballpoint didn’t. Do not do this if you plan on reusing the tape. The tape is available in four from the manufacturer.
This is one cool product!