BASIC NEEDLEPOINT TOOLS

Needles - Refer to the first pages in this booklet on mesh and needle size for guidelines on selection of the proper needle. Needles may tarnish due to skin acid in some people (a result of wearing off the nickel plate). You may wish to use a product called "acid mantle" which you can get from a druggist. Also, you can buy platinum needles which do not tarnish.

Needle Threader - A quick and easy way to thread a needle.

Scissors - Small, sharp scissors are preferable. You can also buy special scissors for ripping which have a notched edge.

Frame - stretcher bars or a scroll frame. On either, the canvas is attached to the frame with either tacks or staples. Some models have a tape attached, to which you can sew the canvas.

Frame Stand -There are a variety of stands on the market which hold both styles of frames. Some of them rest on the floor and others are lap stands. When selecting a stand, it is important to keep in mind that it should be well balanced and allow for easy access to the back of your work.

Fray Check - Used to tame frizzy edges (usually reserved for use on metal threads or specialty fibers).

Penny balloon or rubber disc grips - Helps in gripping the needle when pulling it through the canvas when your hands are slippery or you're using heavy fibers. Wrap the balloon or disc around the needle to pull it through.

Wool felt - Used to store needles. Wool felt is recommended as other types tend to absorb and hold moisture from the air, which will rust needles.

Stroking tools - Used to produce the smoothest stitches. There are many variations on this tool, some which you might already have and do not need to specifically purchase. The following is a list of some commonly used stroking tools.

  • Trolley Needle
  • Takobari-Japanese stilleto type
  • large #16 needle
  • bodkin
  • found objects like collar stay, cocktail stir, metal skewer
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