An Unexpected Finish

On Monday it was my Embroiderers Guild meeting, we usually spend the morning stitching our own projects so I always pack my box the night before with whatever I’m planning to stitch. I decided to crack on with my Etui box, stitching outlines and inside pockets, I sorted out the flosses and linen so I was all ready. At the last minute I threw in a little scissor fob kit.

It was a good job I did, as when I sat down to start stitching I realised I had everything apart from the magasine with the instructions in!!

Out came my little kit! It’s one I bought at the Knitting and Stitching show a couple of years ago, it’s one by Sue Hawkins, she always has a wonderful display of needlepoint smalls.

I nearly fell down at the first hurdle – I couldn’t follow the instructions on where to start on the canvas, I even got someone else to look at it! In the end we decided it was only little so I could wing it and just start where I thought!

The rest of the instructions were fine with clear charts and diagrams. I learnt a new way of starting thread by having the loop of a double thread underneath and passing the needle through, a neat way of starting!The mint green border is stitched in long armed cross stitch, I’m still not sure about the way it goes round the double corners but she did provide very clear instructions on how to do it.

The front and back were stitched with two threads in between and didn’t take long at all, after a day at Embroiderers Guild and a morning visiting my mum I was almost there so I just cracked on and finished it…

Sue Hawkins Scissor Keep kit

The two sides are stitched together using long legged cross-stitch. I’ve used it before for joining needlepoint and it does make a nice textured finish. I wasn’t sure how to go round corners so I just added a couple of extra stitches to make sure the canvas was covered. I used my cord-maker to make the loop for the fob, stitching it in as I went along. After stuffing it quite firmly I had a pretty little scissor fob.

Sue Hawkins Scissor Keep kit

The finishing touch was two very pretty buttons attached either side and pulled firmly to dimple the fob – easier said than done!

So within about three days my scissor fob was finished, all ready to attach to a pair of embroidery scissors. Of course I have quite a few to choose from but I decided on my newest embroidery scissors. I think they look very pretty together.

Sue Hawkins Scissor Keep kit

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link for lots more hand-stitching.

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!
This entry was posted in Crafts, embroidery and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to An Unexpected Finish

  1. tialys says:

    As if your new scissors weren’t pretty enough! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jane M says:

    Very pretty.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Catherine says:

    What a lovely little finish! And it’s quick projects to work on.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Gail says:

    Good thing you brought that little kit with you to the meeting!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Gretchen says:

    Very pretty. It’s always good to have a backup project along.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. See this is why I love reading blogs; I always learn something. I did not know about a loop underneath to start the thread…knotting always bothers me. I also did not know long legged cross stitch though I have been cross stitching for decades. Thanks and what an adorable piece all done and dusted.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Deb A says:

    What a great little project! Congrats.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. CathieJ says:

    Thank goodness you threw that kit in. I really like that scissor fob. It is very pretty.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. wybrow1966 says:

    How pretty, I love her little projects.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It is always fun to learn something new. This project is well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. kathyreeves says:

    Fortuitous that you had that in your bag! I have packed everything for a project and then discovered I don’t have the pattern too, what a sinking feeling! Glad you had the kit, and finished it too!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. anudge says:


    Liked by 1 person

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s so pretty. I love Sue Hawkins designs. I made a pincushion of hers ate a workshop many moons ago in Scarborough. I saw her and had a little chat at this years Harrogate Show. I have her very large sampler too- cross stitch. Been on the frame for years…shame on me.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.