Sunday, October 14, 2007

Usual Stitching Supplies

Last weekend I attended a class and was embarrassed that I hadn't brought something the instructor expected one to have in their "usual stitching supplies". Here's a list of things I'll take next time. Now all I need is a steamer trunk to put them in! Let me know if I've missed something important.

Category 1 – Absolute Essentials

  • Good embroidery scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

Category 2 – Intermediate Needs

  • #18, 20, 22, 24, 26 Tapestry Needles
  • Tweezers
  • Needle Threader
  • Scissors for Metallics
  • Laying tool/Tekobari/Trolley Needle
  • Thimble
  • Binding tape
  • Stretcher Bars or Scroll Frame
  • Tacks or Staple Gun
  • Magnets
  • Everyday scissors

Category 3 – Specialty Items

  • Chenille needles
  • Curved Needles
  • Sharps
  • Bouillon Needles
  • Milliners Needles
  • Stitch Fixer/Do It Tooly/Snag Repair Tool
  • Awl
  • Bunka Brush
  • Boo Boo Brush
  • Tape Measure
  • Small Hammer
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Dental Floss

Category 4 – Beading Supplies

  • Thread Wax/Conditioner
  • Beading Needles
  • Beading Needle Threader

Category 5 – Metal/Goldwork Supplies

  • Mellore
  • Chipping Box

Category 6 – Writing/Marking Tools

  • Pen/Pencil for Note taking
  • Note Paper
  • Pigma Marker
  • White Acrylic Paint and Brushes
  • Ruler
  • Scotch Tape
  • Sticky Notes
  • HB 4 Pencils
  • White Pencil
  • Gum Eraser
  • Fabric Eraser
  • Glue Stick
  • Colored Pencils/Pens
  • Graph Paper
  • Tracing Paper

Category 7 – Just in Case

  • Bottle of Water
  • Energy Bar
  • Mints
  • Aspirin
  • Eyedrops
  • Hand Conditioner

Category 7 – Lighting and Magnification

  • Good light
  • Magnifier, if necessary
Category 8 - Nice to Have
  • Telescoping wand with magnet on end
  • Baby Toothbrush
  • Thread drops/Floss-aways


Meggie said...

The list is really useful! I'm just curious, but what are the magnets for? Finding needles? Nice site! I'm always looking for stuff on needlepoint and unfortunately there never seems to be that much of it out there.
Keep the good work!

Wawanna said...

Sounds complete to me! You have put a lot of thought into this list! Seems I always take tooo much, or not enough of the right things. Will keep this in mind, thanks so much for sharing!!! You have done an excellent job.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Good heavens. I have been designing, stitching and teaching for almost 40 years, and I only use what is in category 1. LOL that's a bit crazy - I've never heard of most of it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow. I'm completely overwhelmed. On the positive side, what an amazing class if those are all tools you'll use during the course of it! I'm bookmarking this for my wishlist.