The 6th Finger Stiletto

Barbara Blankenship © 2005

   
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experimental looped flower and gather-as-you-stitch leaf
Looped flower and gather-as-you-stitch leaf

I am still experimenting with tools I purchased at the 2004 Houston Quilt Festival. With the 2005 Festival four months away, I decided I should check this last one out. The 6th. Finger Stiletto is made by TRI SHARP, INC. www.trisharp.com

It has many uses explained in their enclosure pamphlet. There is also a video that can be purchased explaining and demonstrating the use of the stiletto. With the two prongs you can use it for better control in a number of applications. Listed below are several of its advertised uses. This article will feature its use with ribbon embroidery.

Uses:
Saves on pinning and basting
Keeps even pressure and prevents slipping when making cording
Make narrow rolled hems effortlessly
For applique
Turn corners with the flat prong on one side
Hold tiny folds while ironing
Use it to pull threads….plus other additional uses

What interested me at the Quilt Show was using it to make flowers and leaves. I am quite sure those of us who love ribbon embroidery prefer making them by hand. The stiletto, however, offers an alternative.

Stiletto setup
Stiletto setup 
When using the stiletto you will remove the sewing foot from your machine and work inside a hoop. The demonstration pictured is of a daisy and fern leaf. 
Step one
Step one 
Step two
Step two 
Step three
Step three 
Daisy & fern leaf
Daisy & fern leaf 

Also pictured, at the beginning of the article, is an experimental looped flower and gather-as-you-stitch leaf design.

My satisfaction comes from creating my floral designs by hand. I wanted to make our readers aware of the 6th Finger Stiletto and its uses in case there are those who might want an alternative to hand stitched ribbon embroidery.

Resource:
TRI SHARP, INC.

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