|3 yard needles|
Its a yarn needle.
Seriously, this 50¢ item improved my braids like 500%.
How did I ever get by without one these last few years? It made it so much easier to get the braids into a tight ball and they felt much more secure in place. Best of all, they are cheap! It’s 99¢ for a 2-pack at any craft store. I bought several since I figure they break and I’d rather have a few extras.
The below picture is from our dressage show on May 19th and it was the 3rd time I braided Hemie. So far, its by and away our best attempt. I did the braids the morning of the show, around 6 am or so. The braids a a tad lumpy and uneven, but at least they are actually round balls rather than squished folded things.