NOTE: During Christmas week 2016, I will be republishing older articles about great tools to buy or make yourself. Because these are older articles, links may not work.
Updated March 13, 2021.
If you stitch your needlepoint on stretcher bars and don’t use a stand of some kind, you might want to consider using a frame weight.
Frame weights work best with larger canvases, you stitch near a table and use the weight to counterbalance the part of the canvas away from you against the table.
One of the most common kinds of frame weights consists of a fabric bag, like a bean bag, stuffed with shot for weight. You can also fill them with pennies, pie weights, or even clean aquarium gravel. Other kinds of crafts call them “soft weights.” While frame weights are often not too expensive, soft weights are often made from leather and are not cheap.
Book Arts Studio posted a tutorial on making soft weights, pictured above, from fabric and shot. It looks really easy.
You could even use a piece of needlepoint for the front. This would be a great way to finish the upcoming Spring SAL.