Sunday, April 11, 2010
Continuing with the FAQ's...
The tools I use in my embroideries are very simple and commonly found. A majority of the work is done with these 3 items you see in the picture. I can literally take it anywhere and work!
When it comes to trimming thread I greatly prefer using snips (Nigiri-Basami) to scissors. They cut much closer and with more precision. If you want to try out this delightful tool you can purchase one at Ichiroya. I stumbled onto their website years ago and found Yoshimi Fujiwara's work. I always appreciate knowing the person behind the product, especially when they're as dedicated as some of these Japanese artisans.
When it comes to crayon carving I use a 4.5mm Hangi To from McClain's in Oregon. These are for woodblock carving, but they work perfectly for my purposes. I've tried using Exacto's too but they're too thin and too sharp often resulting in a snapped crayon. I also have a hard time carving curved surfaces with Exacto's.
On a side note I've been dying to try out some of these needles made in Kyoto... but I can't quite decipher what I need from the info on the page.