COL­LEC­TOR

Hunt­ing beau­ti­ful em­broi­dery scis­sors

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

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

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