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Scissors Sheath Kit
February 27, 2011, 10:04 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Scissors Sheath Band Sampler

This weekend, I made 16 kits. Hopefully, weather will allow folks to come out for our ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter April & May meetings. All members in good standing coming to those meetings will get a kit to make a scissors sheath. I already handed out 12 magazines back in Nov & still have 8 more. I told folks to hold on to them for our spring project. They can use the band design that I made (previously blogged) or use the one that appeared in Sampler & Antique Needlework magazine (Summer 2009).

Come join us at 7:15 pm on the 2nd Mon of each month just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia & 10 minutes from King of Prussia. Or contact us at: MainLineStitchersChapter@needlepoint.org for more information.

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Finished Scissor Sheath
January 31, 2011, 9:48 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Scissors Sheath Band Sampler

All done! It turned out nicely. The buttonhole stitch creates a wonderful edging. This did work up quickly but not as quickly as I expected. I had thought it was something we could stitch & finish at 2 of our 2-hour meetings. But, that’s not happening – which is fine! So glad I tested the waters.

And, I realize I didn’t read the instructions on finishing completely before I proceeded. The fabric lining was meant to extend out to the far edge of the scalloped sides so that they can be stitched into place when stitching the 2 sides together. Although with the bonding I used, even mine should be fine. If I hurriedly put the scissors into mine, over time, I’ll probably have issues. So, I’ll give the chapter members a bigger piece of lining.

Come join us at 7:15 pm on the 2nd Mon of each month just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia & 10 minutes from King of Prussia. Or contact us at: MainLineStitchersChapter@needlepoint.org for more information.



Flower Side of Scissors Sheath
January 30, 2011, 12:16 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Scissors Sheath Band Sampler

The scissors sheath is coming along nicely. This is the pattern as it appeared in Sampler & Antique Needlework magazine (Summer 2009) for Plimoth Scissors Sheath, except that I changed the date to 2011.

At AC Moore, I found Peel n Stick which are sheets of double-sided adhesive film. It cut to size, created an instant bond just by pressing, should add some support to the perforated paper, & will be easy to place in everyone’s kit. Then, I cut the lining which is Fabric Palette’s Craft Fabric in lime green that has a little glitter to it. You won’t be seeing the lining really but white seemed so boring & this looked spring-like to me. The last step will be to sew both sides together. Well, really, the last step will be putting kits together for everyone.

Neither I nor Main Line Stitchers have any financial interest in any of the companies mentioned.

Come join us at 7:15 pm on the 2nd Mon of each month just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia & 10 minutes from King of Prussia. Or contact us at:MainLineStitchersChapter@needlepoint.org for more information.



Scissors Sheath Band Sampler Side
January 26, 2011, 10:16 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Scissors Sheath Band Sampler

After I picked out my colors, I decided for the cost of DMC floss, I’d get 2 of the 4 colors I was missing! The green is just as good. It stitched up quickly. But, it took me longer than I could do in one 2-hour meeting. They should be able to finish both sides in a month. Then, at the 2nd meeting, we can glue backing onto each half & begin stitching the sides together.

Again, the stitches from the top band down are: Four-sided, Algerian-Eyelet, Diagonal Satin, Queen, Montenegrin, Cross for letters, Marking, Long & Short, Four-sided, & Surface Satin.

Next, you’ll see the back as diagrammed in the Sampler & Antique Needlework magazine (Summer 2009) for Plimoth Scissors Sheath. It is a pretty pattern too & I didn’t want the back & the front the same.

Come join us at 7:15 pm on the 2nd Mon of each month just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia & 10 minutes from King of Prussia. Or contact us at: MainLineStitchersChapter@needlepoint.org for more information.



Scissors Sheath
January 20, 2011, 11:32 pm
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Scissors Sheath Band Sampler

For our ANG Main Line Stitchers meeting in November, we gave each attending member a copy of Sampler & Antique Needlework magazine (Summer 2009) that I chose specifically because of the nice variety of items discussed. For one, there was a late 17th/early 18th century band sampler which discussed the European influence with the introduction of particular motifs and stitches.  And, there was a Plimoth Scissors Sheath pattern which I thought would be great for a small spring project using stitches identified in the 17th/18th century sampler.

The scissors sheath is made on 20-count Confection Perforated Sewing Cards from Tokens and Trifles. However, they were out of stock until at least February. But rather than wait & find myself in a difficult position of having to scramble with little time, I started contacting retailers identified on the Tokens & Trifles website as being retailers. Well, I ended up contacting 3 stores still in operation who had a few packages in stock. So, I’d like to thank Lavinia from Counted Embroidery in Califon, NJ, Sue from The Log House in New Castle, PA, and Judy from Judy’s Stitchery Nook in Harlingen, TX all of whom were generous to give a discount on the packages. In addition, Sue sent along patterns for other ornaments in case our chapter members would be interested in doing any of them. So nice!! I also want to mention that Nordic Needle, who was selling back issues of the magazine, referred us to the publisher, Hoffman Media LLC, because we wanted 20 copies & we got a 40% discount when we told them we were an ANG Chapter!

Neither I nor Main Line Stitchers have any financial interest in any of the companies mentioned except to thank those retailers that gave us a discount. We appreciate it!

So, I last night I used stitches diagrammed in the 17th/18th century sampler to design a banded scissors sheath! I hope the chapter members like it. But, they can stitch the design provided (mostly back stitching) or design their own if they prefer. The stitches from the top band down are: Four-sided, Algerian-Eyelet, Diagonal Satin, Queen, Montenegrin, Cross for letters, Marking, Long & Short, Four-sided, & Surface Satin. Tonight, I picked out my colors. Of all the DMC floss I have, I only had 2 of the 5 colors. I can’t get more stash for a small project like this. So, I found others that are just as good. I’ll stitch at least one side to show in our next newsletter.

Come join us at 7:15 pm on the 2nd Mon of each month just 30 minutes from Center City Philadelphia & 10 minutes from King of Prussia. Or contact us at: MainLineStitchersChapter@needlepoint.org for more information.