By Cheryl Fall
These are some of the embroidery notions you will need to have in your workbasket, as well as other handy notions that are nice to have. You may already have some of them on-hand.
A scroll frame is handy for larger projects, as the excess fabric is rolled into the frame instead of sitting in your lap. To advance the fabric as you work, loosen the tension nuts and roll the bars to move the fabric, and then re-tighten the tension nuts.
Stretcher bars sare used to keep a canvas or embroidery fabric taunt in much the same way as embroidery hoops and scroll frames.
Keep your scissors or other embroidery tools close at hand by attaching a retractable tool keeper. The keeper can be clipped to your clothing so your scissors or tools are always close at hand.
Warning: If you need to put your embroidery down and run errands, there's a good chance you'll get all the way to the grocery store before you realize you're still wearing it.
A magnetic pattern holder keeps your embroidery pattern handy, while the magnifying bar makes it easier to see and count stitches as you work.
Keep project threads that have been cut to length neat and tidy by inserting them through the holes in a thread keeper. Secure them with a simple overhand knot. Pull a new strand from the top loop of the knot, keeping the remaining threads in place.