Thanks for your responses to my favorite tools!
Just wanted to answer some of your comments:
As to the laying tool/trolley needle, I don't keep it on my thumb the whole time I stitch with silks. I do use it for specialty stitches in XS and canvaswork/needlepoint. Sometimes I use it for projects like Chatelaine Designs and Mirabilia where I really want my metallics and silks to shine.
That Dazor lamp is one thing I just can't live without, girls. As I said, I know it's expensive, but we really are committed stitchers, and that calls for some serious equipment, I think. It's the perfect Christmas present! I found that the "hang around your neck-type" magnifiers are annoying and not good enough. Ott light is good in a pinch, but doesn't have a realistic light or magnifier at night. The Dazor bulb has lasted me nearly 4 years without changing it, and I've used it almost every day for several hours. I even read by it. The face swivels easily, and the "window" gives lots of visual space. It's a good investment.
New News: Trip to JOANN's Fabric Store
***I found a great little magnetic group of 4-5 polished metal jars with clear plexiglass tops at JoAnn's yesterday. They are magnitized to a long rectangular base that you can sit on a table or screw to the wall! The "jars" are like the "watch jars" that Kathy used to sell through European XS for Delica Beads, but these are about 10 times larger! They would be great for holding stitching thingies....and jewelry-making things, too, since you can see what's in them. Buttons, beads, bits of left over threads, ribbons, etc... Going back to get one next week.
***Also found this packet which has inspired me to think of how we can make some "inside and outside" stitching needlecases! I'm working on a design. Anyone want to collaborate on this? The top picture is another view of it. I also bought the tiny frames in colors and in black to hold a single stitched thingie like a monogram of single flower or bee, etc.. It actually could even hold a needle to the front of the tin. I'm going to try a Bright Needle picture or "Miss Mary Mack" on the front!! LOL That's a contrast for you!!
To the left is another find: I like this bracelet alot. I've been curious as to how to make one so I can make my own and embellish them with beads and fancy threads. This one is just backed with ribbon and fastened with a button. It's stitched with floss. I'll let you know how it goes.
Deb in FL Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stitching!