Random Afternoon Question

Have you ever fashioned a stitching "tool à la you" ie. something you made with what you have on hand instead of shopping for or buying something? I'd love to learn from you guys.

As for me, I have a little 'prying' tool. Well, doesn't that just sound both scandalous and nosy at the same time. LOL!!! Let me explain...

When I'm working on rice stitches or tucking beads into the heart of Jessicas in Chatelaines, I use a needle to gentle pull, pry, and tug at the specialty stitches for more working room.

I found that I like using size 24 or 26 needles as they are big enough to hold.

The size 28 I like to stitch with makes maneuvering hard and counting needles have too sharp a point.

My current one is decorated, and I use that word very loosely, with ORTs from the purple Jessicas in Butterfly Garden.

The outer layers of the rice stitches.

My prying needle at the top as it gently tugs the top layer to allow
my stitching needle to come up under that thread.

Finished rice stitches.

Comments

Lija said…
An amazing use of ORTs. I have seen a demonstration of doing proggy mats. They used wooden pegs to push through pieces of fabric in a similar fashion to what you have done. Their front is where the ends come out.
Kaisievic said…
I love your rice stitches. Thanks for the tip.
Ineke said…
Funny! I use the same kind of prying tool, a 26 needle. Should decorate it too, because this makes it more easy to find it back. I always store it somewhere in the linen without looking.
Stitching Noni said…
Funny I use another needle to do that as well except I don't as yet do those gorgeous speciality stitches - I sometimes use it to help keep my back stitch going where it needs to go! I love the idea of decorating the needle as I always have to go through the pile of needles every time to find the one I want! Thank you for the great tip! Love your rice stitches. Wow, now I think I might be a bit too scared to venture onto a bigger chatelaine!
:Oh, that's a really good idea, and quite practical! This isn't really in the same vein, but lately, rather than using proper floss bobbins, I've been cutting up the thin cardboard from clothing or comic book packages to wind my floss on instead. I'm not great at sizing it consistently, but it works just as well!
Nina said…
I do the same thing, but with an undecorated needle....I like your idea of decoration - will get on that right away!

One tool I can't live without is my LoRan needle threader. But it is a flat piece of metal, very hard to pick up. So I beaded up a funky necklace and now carry it around my neck (except that I used cheap jewellry wire and it fell apart....am in process of making another!). Will post it once it's made.

Thanks for the tip!

Nina
I do exactly the same thing, but never went to the next step of beautifying it with thread - which would explain why I keep "losing" it in my fabric.........!
Lesley said…
I used my prying tool for the first time recently when I started a SAL with stitches that required easing apart. I was struggling to make my sewing needle go places it just couldn't!!! What a great idea to put some thread through it,never thought of that :)

Your ORT use is inspired ,the rice stitch very pretty.
Mouse said…
oooo nifty idea :)I've beaded my lo ran so I don't lose it but doing a needle might be a good idea too :)hehehe might have to have a go and see what you think :) love mouse xxxx
♥ Nia said…
I've never done that kind of stitch but it looks really pretty =)
Julie said…
Why is it always the simplest things that make you go 'oh ya,why didn't i think of that'. :)
Vickie said…
I used some leftover Avery labels to put beads on. I folded up a narrow strip on one end and wrote the symbols for the beads above it. I then attached the all of the labels full of beads together and clipped it in the chart holder on my Ott-Lite. All because I have more WIPs with beads than I have Tacky BoBs (which are truly awesome). :)
Heidi said…
Clever girl! ;)
Susan said…
I have several "make do" things. A loop of floss through the eye of a needle makes a quick needle threader. and if Tthread a needle with a short loop of floss and you can use it to anchor tails on the back of your stitching. Run the needle under a few stitches, thread the tail into the loop and pull. Labels to hold beads. The loop side of a sticky Velcro dot on a thimble makes a good bead grabber. Tie a long piece of string or yarn into a loop, lay it over the back of your neck, put the loop ends over the knobs of your scroll frame - two handed stitching without a floor stand.
Mangogirl said…
oo that looks interesting :D
mdgtjulie said…
Nice, Joyce. I like your idea. I've never really "made" a tool, but I sometimes use my threaded needle as one. If I've gotten to the very edge of the thread, and don't have enough room to tuck it under, I have a little trick that I do. I thread my needle again. If I'm loop starting, I pull the end of the tail though the loop, and pull it behind some of the other stitches. If I'm using two strands, I run it carefully under a few stitches (going towards the tail), then loop around the tail, then carefully pull it under those same stitches. Then I take both ends of the thread (needle end and end end) and pull the tail under the stitches that are already there. It works beautifully, if you're very careful to go to exactly the same place. That's my only trick, lol. Hopefully, it helps someone else who's a terrible floss miser!
Rachel said…
I have never actually made a tool, but I actually do pretty much the same as you, only most of the time I use my fingernail, lol. I probably shouldn't, but it's a habit. :)
Dani - tkdchick said…
Its almost like your own little layting tool/stiletto! Good for you!
Anne said…
I don't really understand what you are using. Never heard of this. The needle looks like a crochet needle?!?!!?!?! The stitches are gorgeous!!!
That's a really good idea!
I don't really have a special handmade tool (other than my thread sorters which are made of random bits of cardboard).

Another example of my hoarding, each tiny piece of card has a memory of what I was stitching the first time I used that colour, or how long I've had the skein. (10 years plus if the card is recycled from my old place of work!).

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