This is probably the oddest looking one I have. It’s a needle puller. It was new to me a few years ago. Maybe you already have one or have used one. I have found when I am handsewing through mohair that I need something to help me grip the needle and this works like a charm. The inventor is from Holland and you can find this tool on the Internet if you look around. The place where I purchased mine doesn’t seem to carry them any longer.
Many artists will testify how valuable a pair of hemostats can be. I use mine all the time . . . for lots of things: picking up small items, pulling needles, holding things in place. I have heard mini bear artists use them to stuff their bears. There are a lot of things you can do with a pair of these. I picked up mine for a couple of dollars at the flea market.
Not only do I rely on tools to help me pull needles through fabric and fur, I rely on thimbles to help save my fingers when I push them through. I like this flexible and sturdy Skin Thimble. Sometimes I wrap the strong thread around my finger when I’m sewing and the leather is invaluable in protecting my skin. They don’t last forever if you use them like I do, but they work pretty well for a few months before I have to replace them.
This is a new thimble I’m trying. I like the flexible body and the metal end but when I’m using it, I miss the coverage on the rest of my finger that the Skin Thimble gives me. I’ll keep using it occasionally, but I think it might be best for embroidery or fabric thread projects.
I’ve got other tools that I use, too. A lot of them wandered away from my husband’s tool box into the basket on my desk. They seem to like it better there. Sometime soon, I’ll try to choose a few more of my useful tools and share them here. In the meantime, I’m always looking for ways to make bear making easier on the hands, so if you’ve got a tip, I’d be interested in learning what works for you.