Here are typical tools used in Japanese embroidery.
1. Needle felt: A pad made of felt used to hold needles.
2. Tekobari: Used to smooth and flatten silk threads or to control threads in different ways.
3. Nigiri-basami (Japanese scissors) - This type of scissors speeds up the stitching significantly.
4. Awl: It is used for twisting threads, as well as tightening lacing thread.
5. Koma (spools) - Used for laying down non-stichable thread such as thick metallic threads when couching.
More details will be explained in New textbook. Also, one of Nuido member wrote an article about interesting facts of Japanese scissors on 2012 Spring Nuido Journal (quarterly issued journal which will be delivered upon joining membership)
I have been using this newly arrived tekobari, also known as stroking needle. It is used to smooth and flatten silk threads or to control threads in different ways. At first, I was worrying about the grip because it only has two flat surface instead of the ordinary one that is squared off. And to be honest with you, I first had awkward feel.
However, more I use it, the more I like it. Surprisingly, I have been using this tekobari more than the regular one:) The grip is softer than the previous one and seems like it has more control. It really depends on individual's preference, although its quality is better than I expected.
Hand-made needles come in different sizes, for stitching with both flat and twisted thread. The speed and accuracy really depend on the needle you use. I really love this needle!
Needles for Japanese embroidery come in two main types: machine-made and handmade.This machine-made needles are used to stitch with fine couching thread etc.
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Used as a pair or singly for laying down non-stitchable thread when couching. The thread is bumpy and indeed, is non-stitchable. The thread will be couched down with thin, twisted thread called couching thread.