Magnetic Needle Minders on Etsy

magnetic needle nanny, copyright Clay by Kim

Besides familiar names such as Jody, Annie Lane, and Orna, there’s a host of individuals making great accessories for stitching on Etsy. Recently I bought magnetic needle minders from several Etsy stores. They vary in material, design and quality. I thought I’d review them all in this single post. The links go to the Etsy […]

Beading and Needle Case – Product Review

copyright Acoutrement Desiogns

I’ve never been good at beading. Not that this is a surprise to those who regularly read this blog. I think I’ve finally found the last piece of the puzzle to make beading easy with this combination beading and needlecase from Accoutrement Designs. First I overcame the sharp needle problem by using John James Tapestry-point […]

Micro Needle Threader – Product Review

copyright Puffin & Co

Beading needles can be a big problem for needlepointers. There’s the length thing and the sharp point thing. If you manage to solve these problems with blunt point needles (John James makes them), you will get stuck, once again, on my biggest problem — threading. You can’t use the same stiff-wire or large hook threaders […]

Tracing a Design onto Dark Canvas

canvas copyright Amanda Lawford, photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

Have you ever thought that a dark canvas would be a perfect background for your original needlepoint? Then you think this through. The difficulties of tracing your design onto that dark canvas is more than enough to make you rethink your plan. I know I’ve turned to light canvas and a dark background thread to […]

Michelle Ink Silver Magnets Review

copyright Michelle Ink

I can, and do, deal with magnetic needleminders from polymer clay, with tons of bling, and even ones from felt. I make my own ones, but until I saw Michelle Ink’s charming magnets I hadn’t heard, or even thought of, ones made out of precious metals. With the price of silver so high, I figured […]