Laying Tools - Not Just For Needlepoint
The one trick that makes all your stitches look better!
If you've been doing needlepoint or embroidery for a while, you may have heard of a laying tool. This is a simple pointed tool, like a needle with no eye, that's used to help your stitches lay nicer. Some are narrow, like little stilettos, some are more cone-shaped. They usually have a bit of handle. Basically it's a smooth pointed stick.
What do you use a laying tool for? It's used to smooth stitches, to help hold tension on threads, to prevent and unpick knots, etc. Here's a good article on Needle & Thread on laying tools.
What many people don't realize is that laying tools can do many of those same jobs in other crafts! You can use them to help lay any kind of thread or yarn in place.
You can also use the more cone-shaped ones as awls to help open up holes for eyelets or to enlarge a buttonhole. Sharper-pointed ones can create holes in store-bought fabric so that you can crochet an edging for a quick baby blanket.
Oh, and if you need a laying tool, but don't have one handy, you can use a small size double-pointed knitting needle in a pinch.
Wishing you smooth-laying yarns and threads!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Yarn & Pattern
Do you like cold treats? Do you agree that ice cream that comes in pints should be eaten straight from the container? Us too! But what we don't like is the frozen hand! The solution? The Ice Cream Cozy Crochet Pattern by Sigoni Schaap! Available in both a Beginner-Friendly Version with basic crochet stitches or in a more-insulating Post-Stitch Version, this pattern works beautifully with a natural fiber worsted weight cotton like Queensland Coastal Cotton for easy washability.
Beginner-Friendly Ice Cream Cozy Crochet Pattern - Free with ads on sigonimacaroni.com or $2.99 in-store, on Etsy, or on Ravelry for an ad-free large print version
Ribbed Front and Back Post Ice Cream Cozy Crochet Pattern - Free with ads on sigonimacaroni.com
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The Tip Jar
Making coasters or ice cream cozies or other things designed to keep cold and moisture away from your hands and furniture? Consider using wool instead of cotton.
Yes, wool requires a bit more care when washing, but it makes up for it by being far more insulating! It also absorbs more water than cotton! So, if you aren't super messy, it may be a better choice for sweaty drinks!
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