|Harriet's Dovo 3 1/2" Hardanger Embroidery Scissors, from Sassy2Stitch|
What are embroidery scissors, you may ask? Well, they are about 4" long, and they have long, thin, razor-sharp points that enable you to clip fabric very precisely, with single-thread accuracy. This is very important for clipping concave curves and inside points of applique shapes, because if your clip goes too deep your applique shape will fray, but if it doesn't go deep enough, you won't be able to get a sharp inside point.
|Dovo 6" Stork Embroidery scissors available here from Sassy2Stitch|
|Dovo 3 1/2" Scalloped Embroidery Scissors, available here from Sassy2Stitch|
|Sajou Langres 4" Embroidery Scissors|
Ooh la la! Look at the cute little embroidered twill label! Look at the darling little BOX! Are you swooning? If not, you would be if I told you how expensive they are. It will suffice to say that Sajou scissors make the Dovos look like an economical option. But I'm remembering all of the breathtaking vintage and antique embroidered textiles I saw at the Marche aux Puces in Paris -- can't you just imagine that the embroiderers who created such beauty might have been using beautifully made tools like these?
|Embroidered Detail of Early 18th Century MAN'S Jacket|
|Vintage Embroidered Collar Spied at the Paris Flea Market in 2011|
I am convinced that I could easily execute exquisite embroideries like those, if only I had a pair of lovely, decadent Sajou scissors in my sewing basket. Sajou even has an Eiffel Tower embroidery scissors, a reissue from the late 19th century:
|Sajou Eiffel Tower Embroidery Scissors|
So, what did I end up ordering? I went with the Dovos, just not the plain ones:
|Dovo 3 1/2" Embroidery Scissors, Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near Me, available here from Sassy2Stitch|
I also ordered a second pair of rounded tip Dovo embroidery scissors for trimming away the backing fabric behind my applique shapes. I already have one of those unwieldy Gingher "duckbilled" applique scissors, but that big old duck bill gets in my way and makes me feel like I'm trimming with a lawn mower or a hatchet.
|Dovo Rounded Tip Embroidery Scissors, Also Headed My Way and available here from Sassy2Stitch|
I also ordered this pretty beaded scissor chatelaine, basically a fancy-yet-functional necklace for keeping track of my scissors and needle threader when I'm wandering around town with my little hand sewing projects, which I seem to be doing more and more often lately:
|Scissor Chatelaine, Because I'm Fancy, available here from Sassy2Stitch|
Incidentally, Jenny the Quilt Skipper must have a spy cam in my office. Her Scissor Lust post appeared today, just as I'm impatiently awaiting my own package of scissorlicious lovelies.
Do you have a favorite pair of scissors?