If you embroider – whether you’re a beginner or have been at it for some time – you probably have already developed a liking for a certain something that you use faithfully when you sit down to embroider… a certain something beyond your needle, thread, and fabric.
As I was plugging away through a major embroidery project this past weekend (which you can see the beginnings of here), I started contemplating the variety of tools and accessories in the world of embroidery. Think about it! Someone had to come up with all those ideas for this little accessory or that little necessity, and they market them somehow, and we, the faithful (perhaps a little “addicted”) embroidery consumers decide “Wow. That’s a good idea! I think I’ll try that out!” And… we buy it. The Inventors of Embroidery Accessories and Necessities love us for it!
Admittedly, there are some things you generally can’t get by without when you embroider: a needle, fabric, thread, and at least a basic pair of scissors. But what else do you use, what’s it used for, where did you get it, and why can’t you live without it?
I’ll give you an example:
I like this thing. It’s called “Judy’s Boo Boo Stick.” It’s great for removing mistakes. You just gently brush or roll over the place where you’ve snipped some threads, and they lift right off, without having to pinch them. I especially like it in areas where I’ve removed threads that leave a fuzzy residue. You can find it at needlework shops, and I think I’ve even seen them at Hobby Lobby, though I could be wrong about that. They run anywhere from $6.50 in a store to the whopping ridiculous price of $12.95 at one online store. (Look around before you shop!) You can find them at Nordic Needle for $7.95.
So that’s one of the little “necessories” I’ve picked up over the years.
So what accessory or necessity do YOU like having with you when you embroider? Give us all the details, and I’ll share them with readers – and perhaps you’ll be helping others enjoy their embroidery experiences even more! If you have anything you’d like to share, feel free to reply here or e-mail me at mary [at] needlenthread.com (it’s the normal format for an e-mail address, only spelled out). You can even send a photo if you want!