Tools of the Trade: Part I

Today, as I get closer to drafting instructions for my first felt Christmas ornament, I realized there are several tools you will need. Here are some of my favorites:

(1) Micro-Tip® Softgrip® Scissors (No. 5)

Micro-Tip® Softgrip® Scissors (No. 5)

These are the scissors I can’t live without. There may be fancier and more expensive scissors on the market, but I LOVE these scissors. They are my all-time favorite scissors. They are perfect for small jobs and the pointed tip make cutting out intricate patterns a breeze. They are lightweight but you can feel the quality in every slice. They are perfect for cutting out felt pieces. Check them out here.  www2.fiskars.com/Shop-Products/Scissors/Micro-Tip-Softgrip-Scissors-No.-5#.VHuRzvnF-So

2. A pair of 8″ Fabric Shears.

Here, I don’t have a favorite. I presently use a pair of Fiskars which are adequate – they get the job done. But unlike the Micro-Tips I mentioned above, I don’t get the same warm and fuzzy feeling when I use these. In fact, I have yet to find a pair of 8″ shears that I love.

3. Embroidery Needles

I like the Dritz brand needles available here. http://www.dritz.com/quilting-sewing-supplies/mass-merchant/hand-needles-accessories/embroidery/h35-39/#sthash.GKTVdkz1.62wP2vXT.dpbs They are sizes 3/9 so you get a  variety which allows you yo use more strands of embroidery floss when necessary. I chose them originally because they claim to be “European quality”. My package says made in the Czech Republic. In fact, these needles don’t bend as easily as cheaper brands and I haven’t broken one yet.

Stay tuned for additional tools you will need to make a felt Christmas Ornament.

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