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Japanese Teko-bari - Stroking Needle

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Temari stitching benefits greatly from adopting the teko-bari from traditional Japanese silk embroidery. It's indispensibile for helping to lay threads, groom them as you work, and even remove (unpick) stitches when necessary. Teko-bari are ancient tools designed to be used with silk threads without causing damage to them. Because of this high standard, the teko-bari is one of the better tools for any fiber, be it silk, cotton, wool, rayon or other synthetics. As the name implies, the tool is used to "stroke" threads into place, and this allows for very precise positioning and grooming. The construction of the teko-bari is such to aid in removing even the smallest stitches without disturbing adjacent ones.
A genuine teko-bari is made of soft steel, rather than hard or stainless steel; there is no chrome or protective plating. It is hand-crafted. The soft steel shaft has an extremely fine roughness to it so as to create a very fine, delicate "drag" on the threads; this allows for precise control and easier handling of the thread. The shaft is finer than a laying tool, with a more gradual taper and a sharper point. It also made with a very fine burr (so fine that it's not seen without the aid of a magnifying lens) on the taper, in order to effect that small amount of friction that allows it to "hold" the thread and adjust it to allow for more precise and accurate use. When in the hand, it's balanced and comfortable.

Don't confuse a teko-bari with a Western laying tool - they are quite different. Likewise, teko-bari are made to exacting standards in Japan; beware of tools sold as "tekobari' that do not meet this quality as they do not work with the same effectiveness.

These teko-bari are the authentic tools, made in Japan to traditional standards. These true pieces can't be had from western sources.

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    Average review
    I use this item for more than just Temari. It is helpful in piercing as well as laying fibers flat.
    Apr 18, 2017 by Ann Grasso
    This is a lovely thing! My only criticism is it seems very slightly too sharp on the point as I have to be very careful not to snag the tip in my materials - and I would have liked it even better if it had arrived in a carrying tube, or even just with a little safety 'bung' on the tip. Going to make my own with a piece of cork, I think...
    Mar 19, 2017 by Shiny One
    The sis the Perfect tool thank you
    Nov 12, 2016 by Thelma O'Mahony
    Apr 7, 2016 by Beth Oxford
    I love this tool! So worth the price. Using this Teko-bari has made a marked difference compared to trying to groom threads with a regular needle. Thank you!
    Mar 24, 2016 by ShuttlePilot

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