Since it’s summer we all tend to move around what with vacations and all. If you’re going someplace, even if it’s just to work, you’ll probably take stitching with you.
I realized as I was preparing a project recently that I pull the same tools out again and again. In fact I have a standard project kit. I thought I would share it with you. You can see my current project and tools in the picture above.
I stitch every day and always have multiple projects going. Because of those things I keep multiples of the tools I use most often. That way I can kit up a project quickly and get stitching fast. Knowing I can pull together the tools and be ready to go in minutes makes stitching great when inspiration strikes.
Clear Project Bags with Zippers: I always put my current projects in bags. They are always clear enough to see the project. Although my preferred bag is Helenz (I get them at Needlepoint for Fun), I have bags in many sizes and colors. The ones not in use are stored in an open fabric box.
Stretcher Bars: I no longer stitch in hand; I always use mini stretcher bars. They not only keep the needlepoint straighter, they make it easier to hold.
Brass Needlework Tacks: I used to use quilter’s tacks. Now I prefer the brass tacks because they have very sharp points so they go in more easily. I keep them in a plastic container with a screw-on lid. If a tack is bent when I pull it out, I throw it out right away.
Magnetic Needle Minder & Needles: I only started using these a few years ago and I have come to love them. They make having extra needles and storing needles a breeze.
I am not picky about my needles. Mostly I use John James #20 or #22. But I have everything from Tulip needles to no name generics from the Mass Market craft store. I keep my needles sorted by size in various needle holders. Two or three go on the project.
Squeeze Coin Purse: Mine is no longer made. It’s from Lantern Moon and is silk. Although I’m sure a handy seamstress could make them, I know of no one doing this (if you do let me know in the comments). You can find them made from leather on places such as eBay. Search for leather squeeze coin purse.
Needle Threader: Sewing Needle threaders are too flimsy for needlepoint threads. You need a threader with a stiff wire. I have used these threaders for years. They come personalized with the name of the shop. The end opposite the threader has a thread cutter. As you can see they come two to a package in a clear plastic case.
Because sometimes I can’t find them, I stock up when I do.
Scissors: I am a huge fan of these small and inexpensive titanium scissors. I found them first at an EGA Seminar shop. i like there big fingerholes, reasonably small points, and great price. I became an instant convert. I’ve found them in several shops and even on Amazon.