Unless you are familiar with Japanese embroidery, you may not have come across komas. These clever wooden tools are used to help the embroiderer couch threads and beads with even tension, acting just like an extra pair of hands, and we all know there are times we could use those!
Traditionally, komas were used with Japanese gold thread but they will also work with beads or any decorative thread which is to be couched down.
Wrap the thread around the koma, then place it on your needlework or hold it in your non-stitching hand and feed the thread from the wooden spool. Keeping the koma close to your stitching helps you to maintain control over your thread as you couch it down.
The square ends of the koma ensure that it doesn’t roll around as so many round spools do.
They are 6cm x 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm
Made from a variety of hard woods