I just love my small, wooden laying tool from Woods by C. I bought it from her eBay shop.
Mine, as you can see from the picture, is pretty restrained, but she also makes them in a wide variety of striped woods.
They also have many thoughtful features, which make them a joy to use and a wonderful gift for other stitchers. First off they are short, less than 5″ long, so you can get right into your stitching. Second, they have a great knob on the top which makes it easy to hold and easy to find in your stitching bag.
Just under the knob there is an indentation, which is a perfect place to grip the tool and hold it in the proper position. Finally the point is not too sharp, so you don’t need to worry about poking your eye out. But it is sharp enough to go under stitches, even already made ones.
“C” is Cynthia, a wood worker in Sonoma County, CA. She makes a variety of items besides laying tools, including needle cases and thimbles. Most of her items are available as “Buy it now,” so you can get it right away. She also can include gift boxes.
I’m happier with this than with any laying tool I’ve had before.