Monday, June 21, 2010

Are you a Gadget Person?

Just wondering. There are so many great gadgets available to stitchers these days. I remember when I first got a Boo Boo stick. Hated when I had to use it, but loved how it got out all the fuzz from ripped out stitches. There are cute little painted magnets for keeping those loaded needles handy (and not in the couch cushion). And don't forget chart magnifiers and line markers...all very helpful in making your stitching time more efficient. And we all know that's important because we have a pile of projects lined up until doomsday!

Of course, I'm partial to scissor fobs. Even before I started making beaded ones for my Etsy shop, I collected and stitched them for my scissor collection. Besides being pretty, hopefully when you drop your scissors, the fob hits first so the points are damaged. Counting pins are helpful too. Even though counting is the easy part for me, it's still helpful when you're starting a row of 200 stitches to mark every 50 or so. That makes me not so paranoid about miscounting that I count the entire row 8 times! Because you know you'll come up with at least 4 different counts. LOL And if you are doing a big bargello area on canvas large counting pins can be used to mark the top of the row and the bottom to ensure that you don't get carried away with the ups and downs of the pattern.

Now, I've added beaded laying tools to my shop. Great for canvaswork since you are usually making larger stitches with more strands of fiber. So many opportunities for them to get twisted. Laying tools or stilettos are a big help.  They're also helpful on cross stitch project because it's amazing how easily two strands of floss twist just as they slip through the linen. I'll be adding more on a regular basis, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.

5 comments:

  1. These are so pretty! I have never used a laying tool. I usually railroad my stitches when I use more than one strand of thread. However, if I had stretcher bars and a stand so I could use both hands, I would definitely use a laying tool. I think it would be much easier and faster. You are so talented!

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  2. I've used laying tools for quite a few years - mainly for needlepoint, but also for specialty stitches in xstitch. I have one that fits onto my thumb that I like a lot, but also an etched ivory one. Once you've used them, you can't imagine being without one because your stitches lay so nicely.

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  5. I had thought that laying tools were used for some fancy unknown type of stitching, not just the "normal" stitching I do. Good to know.

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