Marion Scoular
MSS1: Burling Irons or Tweezers
Marion Scoular Burling Irons or Tweezers

Essentially tweezers, Burling Irons are actually a weaver's tool. Made of stainless steel, they are used to remove lint from becoming a burl (slub) as the fabric is being woven.

How often do you feel like rejecting a piece of linen because there is a slub in a rather exposd area? With Burling irons, it is possible to pick this out and have a flawless piece of fabric on which to stitch.

They have many other embroidery uses...pulling out threads in Hardanger and Hemstitching; lifting a waste-knot to make cutting it off easier; removving cat or dog hairs; unpicking (the English expression for taking out!) mistakes; removing the one little staple of the thread that just will not come out. They are particulary useful in gold embroidery. In making a turn when couching Japanese gold, a pinch with Burling irons will not strip the gold leaf off its silk core.

Woodworking husbands love them for splinter removal!

Warning...they are VERY sharp!

Technique: Needlework
Level: All
Size: 3 1/2" length
Price: $25.00
To Order: Marion's Order Form

Marion Scoular's Pages
MSS1: Burling Irons or Tweezers
MSS3: Advice is... Book
MSS4: Why Call it Blackwork? Book
MSS5: Hardanger Book
MSS6: Hemstitching Book
MSS7: Pendant Lamp
MSS8: Princess and the Pea
MSS9: Alphabet Sampler
MSS10: The Balconies
MSS11: Christmas Bells

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