Friday, April 19, 2013

Embroidery tool kit

I organize my embroidery supplies in a small ArtBin.


I've got the usual floss, thimble, hoops and measuring tape. I also keep a stock of extra bobbins, printouts courtesy of Wild Olive, a box of Thread Heaven, and a Prismacolor water soluble pencil. If you use thread, you should use Thread Heaven! That's the motto on the box - cheesy but true. I only bought it a few months ago and I wish I'd bought it sooner. It really keeps thread and floss from tangling while stitching, and it makes stitches look smoother. The Prismacolor pencil is my favorite for drawing or tracing patterns on fabric. It washes out with water - I don't even use soap or agitation. It doesn't stain fabric, doesn't smudge like chalk and it doesn't fade like marking pens. It's the best!

I made an envelope clutch using this (free!) pattern from See Kate Sew to hold projects. The only change I made to the pattern was using magnets instead of a button. I used the Prismacolor pencil to doodle on the faux addresses - you can see the pencil markings totally washed out. My sister made me the cute envelope needle book a few years back.

The clutch is 7.5 x 12.5 inches, just big enough to hold one project and tools. I always keep my needles, needle threader and Gingher scissors in here. My current project is (gasp!) cross stitch instead of embroidery - a pendant. I found the laser-cut blank at the Workroom, and took inspiration from their flickr gallery.

This post is my entry in the &Stitches embroidery toolkit competition. Go check out the other entries!

&Stitches tool kit competition


  1. That envelope clutch is awesome - what a neat idea!

  2. I love the needlebook. It's very cute :)

  3. I'm digging the envelope wallet too- lovely and it looks so soft and careworn. Also get you and your tidy floss box!

  4. […] Back in April, &Stitches ran a contest asking to see people’s embroidery toolkits. I posted a very long and rambling post about my embroidery supplies (which are now, mostly, consolidated into three drawers of my plastic craft supply cabinets) and while I didn’t win (the winner was María Tenorio for this post full of beautiful pictures and much less sleep-deprived rambling insanity), the people judging the entries were kind enough to offer secondary prizes to me and Carriebee. […]

  5. […] week I finished another envelope needlebook. My sister made me an envelope needlebook years ago, and I use it all the time. I’ve used hers as a template a couple times since she […]

  6. […] wanted to share my envelope needlebook tutorial and templates. These are based on the needlebook that my sister made for me years ago, and I use it all the time. It seems like a free tutorial […]