July 2, 2011

My 5 Favorite Crafting Products

I know a lot of you out there are crafters- like me! So here is my list of my current 5 must have crafting tools.

1. Gingher Scissors

These are the sharpest scissors I have found for cutting fabric. In fact, to keep the scissors as sharp as possible, I have a pair just for fabric, and another just for paper. (Paper can dull the scissors quick. You won't notice however until you cut paper for awhile and then want to switch to fabric.)

2. Rotary Cutter

I know that I wouldn't be able to cut straight lines nearly as fast without the rotary cutter. Perfect for scrapbooking or cutting quilt blocks.

3. E-6000

The strongest glue I have found other than using a 2 part proxy glue. It doesn't take long to set and is easy to work with.

4. Self Healing Cutting Mat

Any surface can be turned into a cutting/creative surface with the cutting mat. I often like to craft on the floor in the living room and large size cutting mat makes it possible. Any small pieces of fabric or paper can just be taken to the trash and swept right off of the mat.

5. Synthropol

Are you a quilter? Or want to dye your own fabric? This chemical is perfect if you don't want any left over dyes to leech onto other fabrics in your wash. It attaches itself to the dye particle so that the dye cannot be affixed to another fabric. I also love this for when I wash my vintage clothing, when I don't know if the dyes will bleed.

What are some of your favorite products?


Gail said...

i too love my cutting mat and rotary cutter; along with the "lip edge ruler" to keep things straight!
I do a lot of paper crafts so I would also include the "We R Memory Keepers - Corner Chomper & Cropadile"; Definitely Scor Tape (double-sided tape that actually sticks); A seam ripper not only removes your mistakes but is perfect for distressing the edge of your paper; and One of my absolute favorites is Anna Griffith Chocolate Ink Pad for almost all my distressing!

Annie said...

I was surprised to see that I have nearly all of what you comment, except for the Synthropol. I am into sewing, but not dyeing yet :)
Would you be so kind as to post a tutorial- entry about how to use the mat and the rolling cutter properly and the different things you can do with it? I keep getting the feeling that I am not enjoying all of the advantages that I could have with it. And I suspect that it is because of ignorance :(
A favourite of mine is white simple glue, which when mixed with water, can be used for decoupage, nd alone is an acceptable fast - varnish.
And my set of brushes, and my sewing machine!
Thanks for this blog, keeps getting better!

Sarah said...

Gail- Ooh I love your suggestions! I love my seam ripper too! I have a couple in my supply because they always seem to go missing and then show up months later.

Annie- I really like that idea of a mat and cutter tutorial! I will have to work on that when I have the time. I do love my sewing machines as well!