Hunting beautiful embroidery scissors
My obsession with all things stitching-related began in 2013 when I made some hoop art for my youngest son’s room. My hobby quickly bloomed into an Etsy shop selling stitch hoops and jewellery. And as my stitching advanced, my interest in embroidery scissors grew.
My first pair were plain and green, but did the job. I quickly realised there were much more beautiful designs to choose from, and so the hunt began. Some I’ve bought for their beautiful floral design or vintage look, and others for their size and sharpness. Not all embroidery scissors are created equal – some are very dull or just not that handy to use. I’ve learnt that smaller sizes work better, and that they need to be sharp or have a sharp tip, which I’ll use for straightening thread. They’re also handy for cutting fabric with minimal fraying. But even if I don’t stitch with all of my collection, I’ll still use them as props in my Instagram snaps.
My favourite pair has to be my stork scissors as they’re so pretty, sharp, and small enough to fit in my embroidery tool case. I also really love my newest purchase – a pair of black Japanese thread scissors – as they make it easy to quickly grab and snip thread. I’ve found all my scissors online, and I usually buy a new pair every few months or so. They’re easy to find on Amazon, eBay and Etsy. One day I hope to find a true vintage pair.
I hope to pass my collection onto my kids and grandkids one day. My stepdaughter often stitches beside me, and tells me she can’t wait until she’s older and can stitch like me. I love seeing her creativity come out and knowing she’ll take this skill into adulthood. www.wildflowerthreads.etsy.com