In an effort to get a better idea where my followers are buying their ornament supplies and which tools they prefer I ran a survey from May-August 2015. I received 30 responses in total. Not all answered every question in the survey and some added to there responses in the comments. The majority of my followers are from the United States so the answers reflect that.
Here’s what I learned:
Kimekomi is the most popular type of ornament made and sequined ornaments are the 2nd most popular type.
Michaels, Jo-ann, Walmart and Hobby Lobby were all evenly preferred for sequin purchases.
Cartwright’s Sequins was the clear online winner, and my personal favorite.
Hobbycraft was the answer from a UK based follower.
Tucking Tool for Kimekomi:
There were only 10 responses to this question.
6 people use a straight upholstery needle.
2 people use a traditional tucking tool from Japan.
1 person uses an awl or dental tool.
1 person uses a metal fingernail file with a plastic handle.
One added “also use a sculpting tool with a flat side”.