That is not the case with these very pretty sewing needles:
I just loved the packaging, but the needles themselves aren't bad either.
If I was good at embroidery I would love working with these, I know.
Speaking of packaging: I love how this adorable little box was repurposed by the lady who used it.
I found these tatting shuttles interesting. One is ivory and so pretty. The metal one reads "Boye Improved" and "Thread-Less Knots."
I found a video on YouTube that shows how you can use two shuttles for tatting, and whoa.
Any home sewer with tatting shuttles in her arsenal has my infinite respect.
This little tool is the shuttle from a 1940s Speed-o-Weave set (which I do not have.) I've linked there to No Pattern Required, an excellent site which has a great piece on these fun looms.
I have no idea what these tools are; the long one is 6" long, the shorter ones just about 2.5" long.
But I think they would look pretty unassuming to most airport security workers, and I'm pretty sure they would work for a textile technique I found earlier and thought about learning before I leave for Italy. (if you do know what they are, feel free to let me know!)
My hands-down favourite?
This No. 1 ribbon threader from K.B.C. This tool has so much more finesse than a safety pin run through the end of a piece of ribbon or elastic: it's going straight into my own everyday supply.
Don't you just love the reassurance these tools give you that we aren't the first ones to get obsessed with so many different kinds of crafts?