For many stitchers, myself included, using a laying tool can be a problem. I can think of so many reasons why: you have to use a stand because you need two hands, it’s awkward, they are pointy, and so on.
But the improvement they give in the look of your needlepoint should trump our reluctance. While ther are many types of laying tools (read some of my posts abut them here and here), Joni Stevenson has done us all a tremendous favor by her in-depth article about laying tools. She shows us, withh her wonderful close-up photos, how to use them correctly and why we should.
It’s a great post, check it out.