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.
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 consist of a fabric bag , like a bean bag, stuffed with shot for weight. 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 last week on making soft weights, pictured above, from fabric and shot. It looks really easy. I just found some vintage fabric coasters and am off to Wal-mart for shot to make one for myself.