USEFUL EMBROIDERY TOOLS

I offer the following embroidery tools

Abalone Emery Needle Polisher - To polish your needle when it becomes sticky or black

Beeswax - To help threads run smoother, prevents knotting particularly for Goldwork and Beading

Bohin Transfer Pencil (White and Grey Lead) - to drawn designs onto fabric and paper

Magni-Clips - Magnifiers that clip to your spectacles

Needle Minders - Decorative magnet holds your extra needles out of the way while you are stitching

Needlework Box - Ideal box for storing goldwork threads and tools

Prick and Pounce Set - Embroidery design transfer kit

Telescoping Magnet Wand - To pick up dropped needles and pins

Tweezers - Goldwork tool and general embroidery tool

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ABALONE EMERY NEEDLE POLISHER

An emery filled pillow is sandwiched between two beautiful abalone shells (each shell has its own unique look).  Needles are run through the pillow and the emery powder cleans, polishes and sharpens the needle.

The abalone needle cleaner can be hung from a chatelaine or necklace.

SIZE

Length: 1 1/2 inches (4 3/4 cm)   Width:1 1/4 inches (3 1/4 cm)

Abalone Emery Needle Cleaner: $20.95 Canadian Dollars

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Small Rose (6 Grams): 1 ¼ inches Wide and ½ inch Thick

Large Rose (25 Grams): 2 inches Wide and ¾ inch Thick

Large Daisy (28 - 30 Grams): 2 inches Wide and ¾ inch Thick

Beeswax (12 grams) in Plastic Case: Wax Size - 1 5/8ths inches Wide and 3/8ths Thick

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BEESWAX

Beeswax is used to coat sewing thread. The wax strengthens the thread and gives it a smooth coating which is especially good for goldwork so that the metal threads are less likely to snag on the sewing thread and shred it. It is also used to coat crochet cotton for padding goldwork. The beeswax stiffens the crochet cotton so that when you sew down the crochet cotton padding you do not get uneven thickness to the padding caused by the tension of the stitches on unwaxed crochet cotton.

100% Pure Canadian Beeswax Yellow: I offer several sizes in the 100% pure yellow beeswax . The 100% pure beeswax goes onto sewing thread and crochet cotton smoother than the beeswax in plastic case and has a strong honey scent. Warning if you have an allergy to bee stings, 100% pure beeswax can cause swelling where it comes in contact with the skin.

The small rose is ideal for a few projects.

100% Pure Yellow Beeswax Small Rose -1 inches wide and inch thick: $1.50 Canadian Dollars

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100% Pure Yellow Beeswax Large Rose - 2 inches wide and inch thick: $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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100% Pure Yellow Beeswax Large Daisy - 2 inches wide and inch thick: $5.95 Canadian Dollars

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Beeswax in Plastic Case: I carry a wax that comes in a plastic case with slots, the wax is held with in the case so that the hands do not get coated in the wax and the wax does not get dirty. The thread is run through the slot in the plastic case and is coated in the wax. Brush of any excess wax from the thread before sewing with it. This wax is made from parafin wax and only has a small percentage of beeswax and is good for people with allergies to bee stings. The wax has no scent. It leaves more residue on the sewing thread than the 100% beeswax, which can transfer onto the fabric if not careful.

Beeswax in Plastic Case: $1.59 Canadian Dollars

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BOHIN TRANSFER PENCIL (WHITE AND GREY LEAD)

The bohin transfer pencil is a mechanical pencil that comes with white and grey 0.9 mm lead.

A mechanical pencil is the best type of pencil to use to draw design lines onto fabric as the lead keeps a consistent sharp nib. This pencil is perfect to use with the prick and pounce transfer method.

Click here to read instructions on how to do the Prick and Pounce method of design transfer

COST

Bohin Transfer Pencil with White and Grey Lead: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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Bohin Pencil Refills: $8.95 Canadian Dollars

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Goldwork/Snipping Scissors with Straight Fine Precision Blades

Teal Embroidery Scissors with Slightly Larger Thumb/Finger Holes and Wider Blades.

Curved Blade Scissors for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work

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SEW MATE SCISSORS

The blue, purple and pink straight blade scissors have very sharp points perfect for snipping. Excellent for goldwork and other techniques that require precision cutting.

The teal scissors have slightly larger thumb/finger holes and wider blades and also very sharp.

The curved blade scissors are very good for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work, the scissors have a curved tilt great for cutting away fabric against stitching.

The scissors come with a plastic clip on sheaf to protect the 1 inch blades. These are great value, handy and sharp little scissors.

SCISSOR SIZE

Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)   Width at handles: 1 1/2 inches (4 cm)

Width of finger/thumb holes: 5/8 inches (1 1/2 cm)

SCISSOR COST

Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Magni-Clips Magnifiers

Magni-clips are magnifiers that clip onto the bridge of your glasses, they can be flipped up when not in use and put down over your glasses for close up work. The magni-clips are light weight and rimless so as not to distract from your stitching.

Choice of +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00, +3.50 and +4.00 magnification.

Excellent for all types of hand embroidery such as needle painting, modern Jacobean, shadow work, white work and for counted thread embroidery such as blackwork, cross-stitch and sampler work etc.

Magni-Clip Cost

Magni-Clips Magnifiers: $18.95 Canadian Dollars

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PRICKER, POUNCE AND VELUM SET

Click here to read instructions on how to do the Prick and Pounce method of design transfer

The set includes the steel pricker, Pattern Pounce (pouncing tool), Pounce and a piece of Velum tracing paper 6 inches by 6 inches (15 cm by 5 cm) at a reduced price. Save money by purchasing the prick and pounce set rather than purchasing the supplies seperately.

18 Grams of Pounce (1 tub) at least 100 x transfers from 10 inch by 10 inch prickings.

75 grams of Pounce (1 bag) will do at least 415 x transfers from 10 inch by 10 inch prickings.

COST

Wooden Pricker, Container of Pounce, Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $32.00 Canadian Dollars

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Steel Pricker, Container of Pounce, Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $30.00 Canadian Dollars

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Wooden Pricker, Bag of Pounce (75 Grams), Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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Steel Pricker, Bag of Pounce (75 Grams), Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $46.00 Canadian Dollars

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BOHIN TRANSFER PENCIL TO DRAW OVER POUNCE LINES

Bohin Transfer Pencil with White and Grey Lead: $18.95 Canadian Dollars

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EXTRA SHEET OF VELUM TRACING PAPER

1 x 11" by 8 1/2" Sheet of Velum Tracing Paper: $0.80 Canadian Dollars

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Magni-Clips Magnifiers

Magni-clips are magnifiers that clip onto the bridge of your glasses, they can be flipped up when not in use and put down over your glasses for close up work. The magni-clips are light weight and rimless so as not to distract from your stitching.

Choice of +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00, +3.50 and +4.00 magnification.

Excellent for all types of hand embroidery such as needle painting, modern Jacobean, shadow work, white work and for counted thread embroidery such as blackwork, cross-stitch and sampler work etc.

Magni-Clip Cost

Magni-Clips Magnifiers: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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TAPESTRY NEEDLES BY JOHN JAMES

Tapestry needles have a blunt end to the point of the needle so that the needle does not catch or pierce the threads of the counted fabric when working from one hole to the next. The tapestry needle has a long eye for easier threading and the needles range in size from small size 28 to large size 20.

Size 28, Packet of 5: Used on 32 count fabric to 50 count fabrics and for single strand of floss and YLI silk thread.

Size 26, Packet of 6: Used on 18 count fabric to 32 count fabrics with a single or double strand of floss and YLI silk thread.

Tapestry Needle Size 24 by John James, Packet of 6: Used on 18 count fabric to 32 count fabrics with a double strand of floss, YLI silk thread or a single strand of No. 12 Perle Cotton or a single strand of Kreinik #4 Metallic Braid.

Packet of Tapestry Needles: $2.50 Canadian Dollars

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Needle Minders - Needlework Magnets

Curious Cat

Cranes on Navy

Miller's Dragonflies

Hummingbird

Turtle Abalone Needle Minder

NEEDLE MINDERS

Needlework Magnets

Beautiful and unique needlework magnets hold your extra needles while stitching your embroidery or cross-stitch. The raised areas of the minders (accept the mini turtle abalone needle minder) are carved out of resin and have remarkable detail.

HOW TO USE THE MINDER

As many of us know it is easier to have 2 or 3 needles on the go at one time when working on an embroidery or cross-stitch so that you can carry the thread from one location on the embroidery to another. When you are not using one of the threads it is easier to leave the thread hanging off the embroidery to one side rather than finishing the thread and having to begin it again later on.

Sometimes when one has several needles on the go the threads become tangled. The best way to prevent this is to place a needle minder on the front of the fabric at the side of the frame, and place the separate magnet on the back of the fabric directly below the needle minder on the front. The minder is held in place by the magnet on the back.  The needle and threads that are not in use can then be brought up to the front of the work and placed on top of the magnetic needle minder to keep the thread out of the way (see picture of needle minder in use on the squirrel embroidery below).

When you turn the frame over to finish a thread off you do not have needles and threads dangling off the embroidery as the needles are held on the minder.

Embroidery Stretcher Bar Frames

NEEDLE MINDER SIZE

Resin Needle Minders: 1 3/4 inches (4 1/2 cm) by 1 1/4 inches (3 1/4 cm)

Mini Turtle Abalone Needle Minder: 3/4 inch (2 cm) by 5/8 inch (1 1/2 cm)

COST

Needle Minder: $14.45 Canadian Dollars

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Mini Turtle Needle Minder: $9.95 Canadian Dollars

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Goldwork Needlework Box

Removable Velux Pad

Velux Pad in Needlework Box

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GOLDWORK NEEDLEWORK BOX

This practical box is ideal for goldwork.

When you are not working a project you can store the metal threads and your goldwork scissors, tweezers, beeswax in one convenient place.

When you are working the embroidery you can use the velux pad that fits in the box to cut the metal threads on. When you are taking a break you can place the velux pad in the box ready to use later on. Keep the lid of the box closed on the metal threads when not working as light can tarnish the metal threads.

SIZE

Box: Width: 7 3/4 inches (19 1/2 cm)     Depth: 5 3/4 inches (14 1/2 cm)     Height: 2 1/4 inches (6 3/4 cm)

Box comes with a 5 1/2 inch removable velux pad to cut metal threads on.

Box does not come with the tools and threads shown in the pictures.

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COST

Needlework Box with Velux Pad: $43.95 Canadian Dollars

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TELESCOPING MAGNET WAND

Wand Retracted

Wand Partially Extended

This very handy magnetic wand can be used to pick up dropped needles and pins without leaving the comfort of your seat. It is also great for locating lost needles and pins, just wave the wand around the floor and the strong magnet draws the lost needle to the end of the wand.

SIZE

  • Length Fully Extended: 24 inches (60 cm)

  • Length Retracted: 5 1/2 inches (13 3/4 cm)

COST

Telescoping Magnetic Wand: $7.95 Canadian Dollars

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Stainless Steel Tweezers

Stainless Steel Tweezers

Thornbird Tweezers

Thornbird Tweezers

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TWEEZERS

Non Magnetic

I have two types of tweezers of fine tipped tweezers.

These very fine tip tweezers are excellent tools for a wide range of embroidery purposes. They make great unpicking tools to grab those tiny threads your finger nails just can't keep a hold of.

The tweezers are are also an excellent tool to use for Goldwork, to hold the chips of gold (gold beads) when deciding where to place it on the embroidery and to check that the bead is the correct length. The tweezers are also useful to turn Japan Gold and other metal threads. This is a tool that I always carry in my needlework case.

The stainless steel tweezers have straight tips and the thornbird tweezers have bent tips and comfortable pads for your finger and thumbs.

TWEEZER SIZE

Fine Tipped Stainless Steel: Length: 5 1/2 inches (14 cm)   Width: 1/2 inch (1 1/4 cm)

Thorn Bird Bent Tipped Stainless Steel: Length: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm)   Width: 5/8 inch (1 1/2 cm)


Fine Tipped Stainless Steel Tweezers: $6.00 Canadian Dollars

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Thorn Bird Bent Tipped Tweezers: $14.95 Canadian Dollars

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