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My Essential Kit

by Emily

Kim of Folksy shop Kimbows creates handmade fabric jewellery using glossy painted wooden beads and pretty printed fabrics. With a background in fashion design she has always loved to sew. From vintage sewing books to sand paper & plastic, here she shares with us the craft kit she cannot live without.

 1. My really big cutting mat means I can use any surface in my house to chop away on merrily.

2. What is actually a blunt kitchen skewer is really great for poking out the corners of my creations to give them a nice sharp clean finish.

3. My forever faithful snips, I once lost these for a week and it really did feel like I’d lost a limb.

4. When I’m busy making things one of the most fiddly tasks is always turning things through which is where my rula loopa comes into its own.

5. This old file was kindly aquired from my dad (whose shed is a craftsman’s dream) as i work with wooden beads alot this hand file is really great for filling out the holes when they’re in need of a bit of a tidying up.

6. The ultimate in speeding up the cutting out stage of my process. This rotary cutter is invaluable to me and although the blades do need replacing, luckily it hasn’t become a too frequent occurrence.

7. I often get dragged into old bookshops by my father and when I do its always worth having a little dig in the arts and crafts sections as the old books are often the best, they are always worded in a reader friendly basic manner which is great when you just need a simple bit of advice, this readers digest complete guide to sewing has become my personal bible.

8. The plastic strip along the bottom is the pattern piece I cut around when I’m cutting out my necklaces. This was made for me by my dads friends at work and then my dad stuck some sandpaper along to help it grip to the fabric. Before this fantastic piece of plastic was made for me I was using a paper pattern which was a nightmare as just pinning and unpinning it seemed to take hours.

9. My sewing machine – it doesn’t really need an explanation – none of the other processes would have any point if it wasn’t for this.

10. Lots and lots of different colours of threads always great to ensure my creations look the best they can.

If you would like to share your essential craft kit then please email me at Emily@folksy.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Love Maxi September 16, 2011 - 10:54 am

Always think it’s fascinating to see what others have in their toolbox. Thanks for this! I’ve got a rotary cutter but I don’t think i’ve got the knack yet! Will it come to those who wait?? x

Tom's Photography Store September 16, 2011 - 12:19 pm

I find it amusing that Folksy have decided to feature a shop produces ‘hand assembled’ jewellry, given the controvesy going on that the moment…..

kimbows September 16, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Hi ‘Love Maxi’

rotary cutters can be abit of a fiddle, what elements are you struggling with? the only tip i can think of is always hold it straight upright as it cuts so much better :) xxx

Esme September 16, 2011 - 2:46 pm

Lovely shop, very pretty like the use of the fabrics and beaded elements :-)
I remember having to turn out endless bits of fabric at college my loop turner was always so bent up :-D look at all those cottons too look very nice displayed like that!

Julia September 16, 2011 - 6:17 pm

What an interesting article! So nice to see what other people use for their crafts. Totally agree about the large cutting mat – indispensable!

kimbows September 16, 2011 - 11:16 pm

Great to hear peoples comments :) xxx

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