When I decided to take you needlepoint again, I bought an inexpensive kit in a simple design. It was just to see if if still liked the activity before I plunged into the fancy big ticket kits. Here’s how far I am on my self-administered tolerance test:
Is this enough? Can I quit now? This repetitive pattern is killing me. I wasn’t built for this – I’m more of a flaming star. A creative butterfly, flitting from project to project. I’m not kidding – I might actually die of boredom by the last stitch .
Dear Readers, I have spared you the extensive agonizing over whether or not I should buy a pair of French embroidery scissors to snip the single threads on the back of my work when i come to the end of a section. For $120.00. But they’re shaped like a rabbit. A Hare. So, tough decision but I snapped myself out of it. Well, I didn’t snap myself out of it exactly. A cute little pair of stork scissors WITH A RED CRYSTAL EYEBALL won my heart.Here they are nestled in a 2-for-$1.00 snack box from Dollar Tree. I’m completely pleased with these – sharpest scissors I’ve used (admittedly, the previous thread snippers were my old bandage scissors from nursing school back in the previous century). They appeal to the snob in me because of the ruby red Swarovski crystal eyeballs and the fact that they were made in Italy. All this for less than $15.00. They are pictured with my other needlework accouterments: two needle threaders made out of strips of paper and an upside down magnet in the shape of a vintage Tupperware lid, gifted to me years ago by a member of my adoring public. Who was cleaning out his basement. Who looked at his trash and thought of me. (Hi Rocket!) . So, still classy for minimal expenditure.
The snack box is temporary. I bought a scissors case to needlepoint. I searched mightily for images on the internet so I could see what the inside looked like but I couldn’t find anything. I will now do the needlepoint-scissor-case-loving public a favor and post an image here:So, the Bargello work plods on its boring way to becoming a 12 x 12″ pillow. I’m in the final throes of deciding what my next work will be. It’s a toss-up. Which one of these do you prefer?