Sometimes at Christmas it’s nice to sew something that’s nothing to do with Christmas, it’s like an escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, you can just immerse yourself in the land of stitching for a short while, a little breather with no deadlines!
I bought this kit at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show in November, I made a conscious effort at the show to buy kits for things rather than pictures as I am running out of available wall space!! This kit is designed by Sue Hawkins, she has some gorgeous embroidery kits, I particularly liked the counted canvas work ones. I fell for a scissor keeper and as it happens I have a good pair of embroidery scissors on my Christmas wish list, so I’ve made a scissor keeper in advance!
The scissor keeper is made from two squares of embroidered canvas which are stitched corner to side if that makes sense, it forms a zig-zag seam round the keeper. The instructions are actually really clear and easy to follow, I wasn’t sure at first when I read them, but they are the sort of instructions that make perfect sense once you get to that point!
The two squares are embroidered with just three different threads, variegated pink, green and gold. The variegation gives a lovely soft effect to the design which uses mainly tent stitch, satin stitch, long stitch and French knots, so nothing complicated. The top is predominantly green and the bottom is mainly pink.
The two squares were completed in no time, they are pretty small. next bit to make was the cord which was fiddly just because it was a relatively short length, I’ve made cord before but this time I didn’t feel I had enough length to start tying it to something and twisting it with a pencil, so I did it between my fingers…first I made a pink cord, then looped a length of green thread through it before making a green cord, the two lengths were then twisted together to make a green and pink cord. This was folded in half, knotted, and after a bit of persuasion, threaded through the centre of the top square.
Stitching the two squares together was fiddly due to size, but a lot easier than I anticipated. I think the regular pattern and the even canvas made it easy to keep on track. The edges were stitched using long cross-stitch, this was a new stitch to me but gives a lovely firm edge with a herringbone style pattern.
The scissor keeper was finished with a tiny Dorset button. These are made from a metal ring, button-hole stitch is used to cover the ring, then a web of thread is made and back-stitched round and round to secure it.
The scissor keeper probably took a few evenings, no more than that, it was really nice to do, I’m tempted to get another kit next year!