Cutting the Scissor Collection

Day 8 of the Declutter your Sewing Room Challenge was scissors and snips. Now I’m a bit of a sucker for pretty embroidery scissors so I do have quite a few…

I took all the scissors and snips off my pegboard, found a few more and I had quite a pile!

I’ve got a few pairs of traditionally made Sheffield Steel scissors from either Ernest Wrights or William Whitely’s, forged here in Yorkshire, so they went first on the keeping pile, two pairs of purple handled dressmaking scissors, applique scissors and two pairs of embroidery scissors (different sizes!). My big black handled dressmaking scissors can go to work where we need another pair of fabric cutting scissors.

My duck-billed scissors also went straight onto the keeping pile, these are useful when trimming back a seam or say trimming the stabiliser off the back of an embroidery. With these I’m a lot less likely to catch the top fabric too.

Paper scissors were fairly easy, two big pairs to keep, two little pairs I struggled to get my fingers in went in the recycle bin. I’ve also lots of scissors and artery forceps which were destined for the bin at work, they come in sterile theatre packs and they’re single use only, if a pack is opened and then patient is cancelled or plans change, the whole lot goes in the bin. The artery forceps are very useful around the house generally but in sewing I use them for turning things right way out and turning the corners neatly. I’ve kept two pairs of the scissors and three artery forceps, well technically it’s two pairs of artery forceps and one needle holder! The rest have gone downstairs to the scissor drawer.

I then looked at my embroidery scissors, including a couple of pairs downstairs I reckon I have about twenty pairs!!! I’ve got purple ones, flowery ones and a whole flock of storks in a variety of colours! I pulled out a couple of pairs I struggle to get my fingers in and some that might be very pretty but they’re very loose and hang open. So I’ve cut it down to fourteen pairs!!!

I had three pairs of snips but I only used one pair as the others weren’t sharp enough any more so they’ve gone.

My pegboard is looking slightly more organised. The next challenge is thread, this includes everything from sewing thread, bobbins, overlocker thread and embroidery threads, so that’s going to take a while.

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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12 Responses to Cutting the Scissor Collection

  1. endrickwater says:

    I think I have pegboard envy…🫒

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  2. Sharon says:

    It has now occurred to me that I need more scissors πŸ™‚ Your peg board is looking fabulous

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  3. This is such a good idea, we often keep scissors that are dull and don’t work well. We have a great guy here that can sharpen and tighten scissors that are too pretty to let go. We are currently gathering our sewing room extras together to send to an area hit hard by hurricanes to help quilters in the area rebuild their sewing rooms.

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  4. Fishermen appreciate the forceps too

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  5. Wow! What a lot of scissors, but I can see how it would be hard to “cut” down. You did well.

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  6. Amo says:

    Hands up as a sucker for scissors here too. Well over 100 pairs now 🫣 Not sure I could be as brave as you, though I probably should have a go. Haemostats are very useful aren’t they!

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  7. claire93 says:

    well done on more organising – I also have something of a scissor collection going on in my house ^^

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