Stilettos are used to force the weave of the fabric open to make an eyelet hole. Because the fabric is not cut, the eyelet is stronger and resists ripping. These bone stilettos are about 3" (7.6 cm) long. Thread buttons can also be made with these. Directions for making eyelets and thread buttons are included in The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing Book I with an eyelet variation in Book II. A fancy carved ivory stiletto is on page 80 of Taunton, Nerylla, 1997, Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries; Antique Collectors' Club Ltd.
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 08 May, 2007.