A Snip of Scissors

Just think of the plural words you could use for a collection of scissors,a snip, a slash, a cut, a blade…I seem to have acquired quite a collection of scissors, all for different things of course!

A couple of weeks ago I received a parcel in the post from the lovely Kate of Tall Tales of Chiconia, she had read my post about my experiences of flying with scissors (for embroidery on board) The clover thread cutter below is what I ended up using most of  the time. Kate told me about some mini-scissors she used on airplanes, she kindly offered to send me a pair…scissors for sewing

Have you ever seen such a tiny pair of scissors!!! Yet they are actually easy to use and sharp too. They clip into the sheath to keep them safe. Kate sent them in a pretty Chinese purse and I’m tempted to keep them in their otherwise they will go and hide somewhere! She also sent me a selection of her favourite needles for hand quilting (Birch) and a special treat of a reel of Aurifil thread, Aurifil is like the gold standard of quilting threads…she’s determined to make sure I fall in love with hand-quilting 🙂

It got me thinking about all the other pairs of scissors  I have…scissors for sewing

There’s my dress-making ones, various sizes and ages, I think the orange Friskar ones are my original scissors from many moons ago. the purple Janome ones were my go to pair of scissors until pretty recently. At the moment I rather like the rose gold ones, they were a complete impulse buy at Hobbycraft in the sale after Christmas, aren’t they pretty! They came with a tiny embroidery pair and I also bought a 5″ pair too, these two are clearly camera shy as I can’t find either of them today!scissors for sewing

These two pairs are a special treat. They are made in Sheffield in South Yorkshire using traditional methods by Ernest Wright & Son. Sheffield has a very long history with the cutlers trade so it’s nice to own some proper Sheffield Steel scissors. I particularly like using the embroidery scissors, they are about 5″ long and perfect for any small work.scissors for sewing

Embroidery scissors seem to be multiplying, especially as I couldn’t find the two rose gold stork scissors! My favourites at the moment are the purple / blue pair. Very sharp and comfortable to use and just so pretty 🙂 The flowery blue pair are some cheap ones (about £2.50) but they are actually nice scissors and when they don’t cost much you don’t mind taking them to classes etc where they might get mixed up. My pink flowery pair were confiscated at Sydney airport so I need to buy another pair to go in my Lizzie sewing case I stitched last year.

Then, of course, there’s the specialist cutters! Rotary blades for quilting, having sorted my mums house out I now have three pairs. I’ve also realised how blunt my cutter is, I think I need a new blade! The snips are very sharp and very strong, perfect for snipping multiple layers in curved seams.scissors for sewing

It’s surprising how easy it is to get quite a collection! How many pairs have you got?

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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17 Responses to A Snip of Scissors

  1. katechiconi says:

    Glad they’re working for you! Let me see, how many scissors do I have: A pair of sprung shears, 2 pairs of paper scissors (large and small), two pairs of ‘stork’ embroidery scissors, one gold and one black and white printed, the blue floral scissors you sent me, and a 3″ pair of gold embroidery scissors and my own pair of flying snips. So, six in all. I’m not counting two pairs of kitchen scissors or the Husband’s own pair of paper scissors!

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  2. and I bet there is a need, use and ‘don’t touch’ for every pair! 🌸

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  3. Deb says:

    I have scissors all though the house,but I have a only two larger scissors for sewing,lots of little snippet scissors . That is a small pair that you received ,nice little pair!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Fun post, Margaret! I have a pair of paper scissors and a small utility pair for snipping threads and cutting paper, my Gingher dress making shears that I received as a high school graduation gift from my bff’s mom, and a pair of tiny embroidery scissors. Not as many as I thought!

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  5. gillyflower says:

    A lovely collection, and I like all the other little accessories, too. I have two pairs of stork scissors for cross stitch, plus a small collection of antique and new pincushions.

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  6. tialys says:

    I have too many – I think I’ll leave it at that.

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  7. nikkibnb says:

    I’m with tialys on that, i have quite a lot… Problem is they keep hiding from me so I can never find them!
    Am rather a fan of my fiskars sprung shears though. 🙂

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  8. I may have you beat! When I first started quilting I purchase so many different types of scissors! Love the Gold Storks, but the Karen Buckley applique scissors are great along with the ones for tread!

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  9. sewchet says:

    Oh yes, your collection looks a lot like mine! My husband doesn’t understand why one pair won’t suffice for every task until I suggested the same about his tool collection!

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  10. KerryCan says:

    Rats! I’ve been thinking about doing a post just like this and I waited too long! LOL! I still do want to go and find all my scissors and gather them in one place though, just to see how ridiculous the collection is. If I ever do a post on them, I’ll link back to yours!

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  11. I’ve got several pairs of scissors, each with their own purpose. As I was reading your post I could hear myself telling my OH (again) “Don’t cut paper with those!” The collective noun for scissors is a Necessity. OK, I admit it, I made that up LOL.


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