I was thinking this week of all the things I *need* when I'm embroidering. Not just the needle and thread, but the extra somethings.
I learned the hard way that the arm of my chair is not the best choice for a pincushion. I like to use a pretty small needle for embroidery and too many times I've unknowingly set something on a needle stuck in the chair and down she went. Ugh.
Small scissors are important, too. I use Fiskars Softouch Micro-Tip Scissors. The smaller the scissors the more control you have. This is important for cutting close to fabric. You don't want to cut the thread AND the fabric.
And the 2 orange capsules? Ibuprofen. If you've ever sat hunched over an embroidery project for hours you know what I'm talking about. And I figure it can only help alleviate a little of the pain from all the times I stab myself with the needle.
So, what are your necessities?