Thursday, September 9, 2010
Pictured are some of my tools. I use the light box to trace the pattern on my background in washable blue ink. This helps me in placement of all my applique pieces. Also by using the light box I can see through the original pattern to trace onto my freezer paper. I just turn over the tissue paper which is very easy to see through and trace the applique patterns and they are automatically reversed ready to use. I do number the pieces on the tissue pattern and also on my freezer paper pieces. I also try to remember to cut a spot through on my freezer paper and then also the background so after soaking my piece when it is done to rinse out the blue and wash out the glue stick it is a lot easier to pull out the freezer paper. I use Invisafil and also silk thread and have been happy with them. I do use a lot of light grey when I don't have the exact color. I use Mary Arden of England Applique needles which can be ordered online.
I guess the most important and MOST necessary tools for me are my tweezers which I bought over 25 years ago when I got my first serger. I use this for everything and am absolutely lost without them, and the other thing I have to have are my Mageyes. Cant see anything without them. I also use Sewline glue pen and Fray Block rather than FrayCheck as it dries clear and you can sew through it. (alberta)