It seems like my stitching time has been nonexistent lately. But today my daughter wanted to do some beading (basically, stringing beads onto cord to make necklaces) and I figured that would be a great time to do some beadwork of my own. I had picked out some beautiful glass beads months ago in the hopes of making a scissors fob but never actually got around to constructing it.
It only took a few minutes and voila! I think this turned out pretty well. It helped that I have done quite a bit of jewelry making and had the necessary equipment, like pliers and crimp beads. The lobster claw clasps that I had were not quite big enough to fit my usual pair of scissors, so I had to attach this to my pair of Hardanger “Lil Snips”. But that worked out pretty well because these scissors are so small, they are easy to lose. The beads are glass, so hopefully they won’t get chipped. I would like to get some bigger clasps (or even pretty ribbons) and make more fobs for my other scissors. The hardest part is deciding what beads to use and what order to arrange them in!
I am about 25% of the way done with the second side of the biscornu chart, and when I am done I will start on the over-one scissors fob. It dawned on me that I don’t have a nice pair of scissors to attach the fob to. The ones I use most often are a cheap plastic pair with blue handles that fold up. I believe they are by Dritz, because they look just like this photo. I think it will be time, once I get the fob stitched and made up, to treat myself to a nice pair of scissors. Maybe that can be my goal, something to look forward to in order to get through stitching a decent sized chart over one on 28 count!
Tonight I started on my first new project for 2014. I will have to wait until tomorrow to post progress pictures, as it is late and I am so tired! But here is the photo of the finished pieces, from the magazine.
This project will fulfill my goal of stitching three new things: a biscornu, a needle case, and a scissors fob. Although I have been stitching for over 30 years, I have never made any “practical” cross stitch items. What I make always ends up as a stitched picture. The stitching is done entirely in one color of floss, and is worked over two on 28 count linen. The designer’s name is Angela Pullen Atherton, and the chart is in the current issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine (Jan/Feb). The photo above is from the magazine. Hopefully the scissors fob will keep track of my scissors, which I’m always losing, and more importantly, the needle book will keep track of the needles that somehow always get lost in my house. If I want to give my husband a fright, I only have to say “I can’t find my needle…”