While I'm working on a skirt or two and coordinating some of the faaaaabulous guest posts for Skirt Week, I thought I'd share my new favorite tools.
I found this set of three tools at Mary Jo's a few weeks ago while I was down there for Easter. The set was $1.50, and it looked promising-- so I bought one for me and one for Adrianna. I was feeling wildly generous.
I'd never heard of a "bodkin". I would have thought it was some sort of toy. And actually, it sort of feels like one if you've ever tried to shimmy a safety pin through a catchy fabric. The first time I used the "ball point bodkin" to thread elastic through a casing I was tempted to pull it out and do it again just to enjoy how effortless it felt compared to fiddling with a safety pin for the same purpose. It just sliiiiiiiiid through and popped out of the other side almost by itself.
I haven't been able to find the same set online, but this and this seem closest. The "threading bodkin" is best for longer casings, the "pincher bodkin" for shorter ones (like sleeves) and the needle.... well, you know, for needle tasks that involve thick thread. Perfect for little hands to practice on an open weave fabric, too.
Just posting, you know, in case you're using your best swear words trying to get elastic through the top of your new skirt?