For this course you will additionally need:
- A tapestry needle fitting the size of thread. Turkish nylon thread is worked best with sizes 26 or 28.
- Thread the colour(s) of your choice
- Sharp scissors
- Maybe some thread wax
- A piece of 27-count cross-stitch fabric
- A piece of felt
It doesn't make sense to wax the entire thread. Use the wax only when the thread starts to split up during the work.
The thread for igne oya has to be smooth and firm. Today polyester crochet thread is used. It is available in shops
catering to bead crocheters or on ebay.
Historically, these flowers were made from silk, which works the best. Almost any silk thread available today is suitable,
but tends to be costly.
Rayon threads and mercerized cotton (perle cotton as well as cordonnet and sewing thread) are possible as well. Before using
those materials, you should have some experience with the knots though.
In the beginning
You need a lot of thread for needlelace, so don't cut your individual threads too short. Especially when working with the
nylon thread you should be able to stretch it with both arms stretched out (about 1 to 1.5 yards).
Wrap the ends of the nylon threads around your index fingers, hold on tight and pull them apart firmly, but not jerkily.
The nylon thread will give in noticeably to the stretching, but it doesn't snap easily. Should nylon thread snap during
stretchihng, it was faulty before cutting it off the ball. Check then, if you still can use one of the pieces, or if you need
an entirely new piece of thread.
Rayon should be stretched slightly as well, but it snaps easier. Silk and cotton don't need stretching.
Igne oya are always worked from right to left. Thus you always start on the right edge of the fabric you want to work on.