There are certain tools you reach for over and over again. In my case these are the daily tools. I tend to use the same hoop for eveything, even when that is not easy. It is just my favorite one. I like two pairs of scissors, so I can have one on either side of me! The pewter needle keeper is handy for laying a needle down and not losing it. And, hey, safety first. We don't want the cat to eat a needle! The silver and lavendar pin cushion, that used to belong to Grandmom and then Mom, is now loaded with nothing but embroidery needles. The silk ribbon needle book, made by Mom, houses tapestry needles, larger needles for crewel, etc. And I use water soluble markers for transfering and when that is not enough, or not quite right, I get the pencil and add whatever detail I need.
The other thing on the table is the orts jar. Orts is a word of Germanic origin meaning scraps or leavings. Originally referring to leftover food, people who sew use it to refer to leftover bits of thread. Apparently, such collections of threads were thought to confuse and ward off evil spirits. I started this one last year when we were not throwing anything away. But, I have discoverd that many folks keep an orts jar.