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