GOLDWORK TOOLS

I offer the following embroidery tools

Awl - For making holes in the fabric to take the ends of metal threads to the back of the work

Beeswax - For strengthening sewing thread

Best Laying Tool - Shay Pendrays laying tool for aligning couched metal threads

Goldwork and Beading Pad (Velvet Board) - A great fabric pad to hold goldwork threads and beads

Koma - Wooden spool to wrap Japan threads and embroidery threads onto

Mellor - Goldwork Tool for aligning couched metal threads

Needles - Needle used in Goldwork

Needlework Box - Ideal box for storing goldwork threads and tools

Stiletto (Bone Handle) - For making holes in the fabric to take the ends of metal threads to the back of the work

Stiletto (Ebony Handle) - For making holes in the fabric to take the ends of metal threads to the back of the work

Stiletto (Rosewood) - For making holes in the fabric to take the ends of metal threads to the back of the work

Takaburi Needle - Laying tool for aligning couched metal threads

Tweezers - To aid turning metal threads

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AWL

Comfortable to hold wooden handle with tapered steel awl is a heavy duty tool for enlarging holes in the ground fabric so that the ends of embroidery threads can be easily taken to the back of the work i.e. plunging the ends of metal threads to the back of the fabric in Goldwork embroidery.

The awl is also useful for enlarging holes in canvas when working eyelets.

AWL DETAILS

  • Wood Handle: 3 1/4 inches (8 1/2 cm) Long

  • Tapered Steel Awl : 3 1/4 inches (8 1/2 cm) Long

AWL COST

Awl: $12.95 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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Shay Pendrays Best Laying Tool

The Best Laying Tool (BLT) was first created by Shay Pendray, well-known canvas work designer and teacher. The BLT has a very fine point and a four-sided handled, which keeps it from rolling in your hand. Beautiful and functional! The BLT comes with a clear plastic case.

The BLT is very similar to the Takaburi Needle but with a nicer polished finish.

BLT SIZE

  • Length of stainless steel needle: 3 3/4 inches (9 1/2 cm)

BLT COST

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GOLDWORK AND BEADING PAD

A goldwork and beading pad is a brilliant piece of vellux/velvet like fabric which you can use to place goldwork threads and beads on so they will stay in one place rather than skidding across a table surface.

Gold threads can be cut on the surface without easily damaging the fabric and the pad stops beads and purl chips from rolling around and makes it easy to pick up the beads or purl chips with the point of the needle.

The goldwork pad has the same purpose as the traditional velvet board but more effective as the pile of the pad is slightly softer and deeper so the gold chips and beads stay in one place better.

PAD SIZE

8 inch by 10 inch

COST

Goldwork and Beading Pad: $3.50 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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WOODEN KOMA

I sell a square-ended wooden spool used to maintain tension with Japanese and Japan threads. The Japan threads are wound onto the spool, if the embroidery is to be worked by sewing down two strands at the same time then the Japan thread is wrapped onto the spool double.

This wooden spool can also be used to wrap silk embroidery floss and is better than the square plastic floss bobbins as the embroidery thread will not be come kinked.

KOMA SIZE AND COST

Length: 2 1/2 inches (6 1/2 cm)   Width: 1 1/4 inch (3 1/4 cm)

Wooden Koma: $9.95 Canadian Dollars

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Mellor

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MELLOR

Made in Great Britain

The Mellor also known as a Mellore is a professional metal thread embroiderer's tool for turning metal thread at angles. The smaller, sharper end can be used as a stiletto to widen a hole in the ground fabric to plunge a heavy twisted cord or metal thread to the back. The round end is used to nudge and push metal threads into position and is gentler on the metal threads than using tweezers as the mellor has been polished and has smooth rounded edges.

MELLOR SIZE

Length: 2 7/8 inches (7 1/2 cm)   Width: 1/2 inch (1 1/4 cm)

MELLOR COST

Mellor: $24.95 Canadian Dollars

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Goldwork Needlework Box

Removable Velux Pad

Velux Pad in Needlework Box

Aqua 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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Stiletto

Bone Handle

Ebony Handle

A stiletto is used to enlarge holes in the ground fabric of the embroidery to enable the sewing needle to pass through the fabric easier. It is also used to enlarge holes in the ground fabric so that the ends of embroidery threads can be easily taken to the back of the work i.e. plunging the ends of metal threads to the back of the fabric in Goldwork embroidery.

The stiletto can also be used as a laying tool.

STILETTO DETAILS

  • The stiletto has a hardened sharp steel point with a bone handle or ebony handle.

  • Length of steel point: 1 1/2 inches (4 cm)

  • Length of handle: 2 inches (5 cm)

STILETTO COST

Stiletto: $11.00 Canadian Dollars

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ROSEWOOD STILETTO

The beautiful 5 inch rosewood stiletto has a smooth shaft and a strong sharp point.

A stiletto is used to enlarge holes in the ground fabric of the embroidery to enable the sewing needle to pass through the fabric easier. It is also used to enlarge holes in the ground fabric so that the ends of embroidery threads can be easily taken to the back of the work i.e. plunging the ends of metal threads to the back of the fabric in Goldwork embroidery.

The stiletto can also be used as a laying tool.

STILETTO DETAILS

  • The stiletto is made out of dark brown Rosewood and is smooth with a sharp point.

  • Length of stiletto: 5 inches (2 1/2 cm)

STILETTO COST

6 Inch Rosewood Stiletto: $12.95 Canadian Dollars

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No. 12 Short Sharp Beading Needles (smallest)

To sew down fine purl threads

No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles (medium)

All purpose goldwork needle

Curved Needles

For sewing down ends of gold threads

NEEDLES FOR GOLDWORK

There are four types of embroidery needles used for goldwork embroidery.

No. 12 Beading Needles, Short with a Sharp Point (4 Needles in Packet): The short beading needle with the sharp point is excellent for goldwork embroidery when stitching down No. 7 Purl chips and smaller, for fine bead work on closely woven fabrics and long and short stitch using YLI silk thread.

Size 10 (15 Needles in a Packet): A general purpose needle used for goldwork embroidery. It is a fine strong needles with a long eye and a sharp point used to sew down metal threads using a single strand of polyester thread or one or two strands of embroidery floss.

Curved Quilting Needles (4 Needles in a Packet): Four in a packet. The smallest needle is 2 inches (5 cm) long and the largest is 3 inches (7 1/2 cm) long. Used for sewing down ends of embroidery threads at the back of the work such as on goldwork and stumpwork embroidery.

No. 18 Chenille Needle: Large Needle with a long large eye and a sharp point. In Goldwork embroidery the No. 18 Chenille needle is used in goldwork embroidery to take the ends of gold threads such as passing, rococco, twists and Japan thread to the back of the work (plunging or sinking). The ends of these threads can be threaded into the eye of the needle.

NEEDLES COST

Packet of John James No. 12 Short Beading Needles with Sharp Point: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Packet of Richard and Hemming No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Packet of John James Curved Needles: $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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No. 18 Chenille Needle: $0.55 Canadian Dollars Each

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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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Takaburi Style Needle

A 4-sided slender handled, sharp pointed tool used for aligning threads when embroidering with untwisted threads as is common in Japanese embroidery techniques. For a more polished, nicely finished Takaburi Needle order Shay Pendrays Best Laying Tool

TAKABURI SIZE

  • Length of stainless steel needle: 5 3/4 inches (15 cm)

COST

Takaburi Style Needle: $5.00 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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