DQ asked me about the recommended nifty tools. I manage to find what I was looking for so I can show you.
First up. a permanent glue stick.
Sometimes you want a repositionable glue stick, then sometimes you need a permanent one. The teacher recommended a a brand different than Elmer's. I found one at JoAnn's. I don't usually like to glue linen but when you are making a box, you may need permanent glue for places you cannot lace.
This teacher also recommended a small presser iron.
She didn't want to squash down specialty stitches. She wanted the texture and raised nature of the stitch to show. I have been guilty of ironing specialty stitches flat but hadn't thought of this as a solution. I had a 40% off coupon. Can't beat that.
I have Fray Check and Fray Stop, but the teacher also recommended June Taylor's Fray Block.
I think she said it didn't discolor the linen. I got this at JoAnn's also.
This gadget is a creaser, made by Clover.
The teacher used it in the construction of the box. I can see where it would be handy.
I had heard of the "Purple Thang". It is good for stuffing small things.
The teacher liked Steam a Seam stuff. It is like a roll of stitch witchery. It is available in different widths. I already had some.
I've had to walk at the Y this week. We've had over a foot of snow, school was closed yesterday.
I'm getting the last of the Christmas stuff taken care of. But I haven't put up my tree yet. Soon!