Before I started writing Needle ‘n Thread a little over eight years ago, scissors were just utilitarian tools (primarily, for me, they still are). But over recent years, I’ve morphed into a scissor-noticer – and a buy-them-to-try-them scissor collector. (I know – it’s a tough job. But we do what we must…)
In Nogent, France, there are still scissor artists who make very fine scissors by hand, and each pair is a work of art. These scissors are exquisitely fine, wrought with intricate, decorative handles. They are, from what I’ve heard from those who own them, sharp, delicate, beautiful, and perfectly functional.
Here in the States, The French Needle carries a wide selection of these hand-made masterpieces.
Although I long to touch them and try them, I never have. They are a bit beyond my buy-them-to-try-them budget.
But that’s why I’m bringing the subject up today – I’m really excited about the fact that The French Needle is running a give-away for this pair of embroidery scissors:
I know you’re thinking I’m silly for mentioning it, because it decreases my chances of winning the things…but, in good conscience, I couldn’t really let you miss the opportunity, could I?
The give-away details are on their home page. It’s for subscribers to the French Needle newsletter, which comes out once a month. You have until October 13 to sign up for their newsletter. If you scroll to the end of The French Needle home page, you’ll find the subscription form in the lower right.
I would just love for one of you to win them – go sign up!
In the meantime, I’m working on several stitch tutorials today. I have a list of interesting stitch combinations I’ve been playing with, and I can’t wait to share them with you – I think you’ll like them.
I took some photos of some new threads the other day, so I’ll show those to you this week, too, along with a book review for a pretty neat book that focuses on a unique stitching style. And then there’s the hummingbird tail… Lots coming up! Stay tuned!