In the last post about cross stitching supplies, I only detailed the basics – the items you would need to get started. Now I hope to share additional supplies that are nice to have or will make your stitching life easier. Some of these items I consider an absolute necessity for my stitching, but I know others who can easily live without them.
Blue Water Erasable Fabric Pen: I prefer water erasable to air soluble when cross stitching because I never know how long it is going to take to make something especially large projects. I grid my Aida in 10 by 10 squares with the pen before stitching. The water erasable will stay in place until I wash it out. Keep in mind that the water erasable pen will only rinse out after being soaked in water for a period of time when your design is finished.
Embroidery Hoops (Various Sizes): These are a must have when working on most work. If your work will take more than one sitting, you want a hoop to keep an even tension on your Aida. However, make sure to take your Aida out of the hoop after every stitching session. Ideally, your hoop should be able to hold your design comfortably.
Thread Heaven: This is a thread conditioner that unlike beeswax leaves no coloration or smell over time on thread. I run each thread over the condition twice and wipe away the excess. This is especially useful when working with metallic threads as it easily frays and breaks after just a few stitches.
Metal Ring: You can find metal rings in the cross stitching section of a craft store. For smaller projects, generally less than 10 colors, I use a ring to keep my bobbins near and together.
Bobbin Case: Also, in the cross stitching section are cases to hold bobbins. I use them to store bobbins from past projects in order, and I also use them to keep my thread organized for larger work.
Needle Case: A case that can hold your needles when you aren’t using them. Look for one that has a magnet on the back; the magnet is very handy.
Needle Threader: Some days I can’t seem to thread needles without the help of a thread, You will want one that can be used with various needle eyes. You do not want one of those flimsy, light metal ones. They are meant to be disposable and are unsuitable for long-term use.
There are lots of tools out there, and I have more, but these are ones I use somewhat consistently.