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 Amazing Tape. It’s a product from outside needlepoint that turns out to have wonderful and practical uses within needlepoint.
The tape is 1″ thick 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 lengths 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 never can 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 method of storage. 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. You bag should beat 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 to 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 before you used it.
One use listed on the website 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 widths in clear, two in blue, and one in purple from the manufacturere. I bought mine from Needlepoint Tool Time.
This is one cool product!
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
Tisha Ahaski says
I should have you write all my product descriptions. You’re fabulous! Loved the Stretcher Bar idea. I have rubber bands around mine which disintegrate with age. I just found something I wrapped with Amazing Tape 20 years ago & it was still fine. I have also wrapped it around cards of silk ribbon.
Janet M Perry says
I love the silk ribbon idea — it’s great. I’ve been avoiding using them because I hate getting the ends all tabgled. Now I’ll have to try that.