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2018 Finishes

1. Let It Snow by Barbara Ana Designs. Finished Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

2. Victorian Thistles bookmark by Textile Heritage. Finished Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

3. Keep Love by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Saturday, February 24, 2018

4. Fleur d’Orleans by Ink Circles. Finished Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5. A Little Gray Hare by Lizzie Kate. Finished Thursday, March 15, 2018

6. March Cake by Brooke’s Books. Finished Monday, March 26, 2018

7. April Cake by Brooke’s Books. Finished Wednesday, May 2, 2018

8. May Cake by Brooke’s Books. Finished Tuesday, May 29, 2018

9. Japanese Anemones by Sheila Hudson. Finished Tuesday, June 12, 2018

10. The Lily Of The Valley by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, June 27, 2018

11. A Slice of Summer by Waxing Moon Designs. Finished Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10

2. 2009 Finishes- 21

3. 2010 Finishes- 49

4. 2011 Finishes- 26

5. 2012 Finishes- 35

6. 2013 Finishes- 7

7. 2014 Finishes- 19

8. 2015 Finishes- 61

9. 2016 Finishes- 50

10. 2017 Finishes- 30

11. 2018 Finishes-

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Slán go fóill, Cara Dílis

In the Irish Celtic language, the title of this post means, "Goodbye, faithful friend". As today is St. Patrick's Day, I thought it was appropriate as I am retiring my favorite pair of scissors. They are a pair of Soligen DOVOs and I've had them for over 10 years now. A few years ago, I took them to be sharpened and the 'gentleman' who sharpened them stripped the screw that holds the blades together, and as consequence, they did not snip as well as they once did. I can't even get them repaired, because the screw is basically frozen in place. I know it's silly to be sad and upset about having to replace a pair of scissors, but they were the first really nice thing I purchased for my stitching back when Noah was drawing up plans for the Ark.

I never named them or anything, but they are very near and dear to my heart. They were wretchedly expensive at the time, 55 dollars US, if I recall correctly. I remember telling myself that if I purchased these, I was totally committed to stitching, because 55 dollars is a LOT of money to spend on a tiny pair of scissors. I waffled so much on the purchase, I thought I was going to have to put a Waffle House sign up in my stitching area. Eventually, I went into A Stitch In Time in Jacksonville, Florida and asked to see them outside of the case. As soon as I put my bourgeoisie mitts on these elegant and highly refined pair of scissors, I knew in my heart I was doomed. I immediately plunked down my VISA gift card that I got from my employer that year for Christmas, and I have never regretted the purchase. I loved the weight and heft to them and they cut threads oh, like a hot knife going through butter. They have served me for many, many years and have done so faithfully.

Here they are with the Royal Sealy China cup and saucer that was given to me by my grandmother upon her death. It was reputedly her mother's, but I have no provenance for that.

Here is a closeup where you can see the screw that holds the blades together is torn up:

I will probably create a design to stitch and display them on my wall near my desk. I have toyed off and on with using them occasionally, but honestly, the blades are getting very dull and since they cannot be repaired, I'd rather stitch up something nice in silk threads and perhaps some silk linen and give them the place of honor they deserve.

As consequence to all this, DH said that for my birthday, I could pick out another pair of scissors, even the same ones if I wanted those. I looked online and only found them Nordic Needle . Teh Hubmeister said he was ok with me getting them, but at almost 65 dollars, I balked at the cost (I don't even want to discuss what it was to ship them!). I thought I would go down to my LNS to see what DOVOs they had in stock. Nothing really grabbed me and the lady that owns the shop said that my best bet would be to just order them online as they did not have an order in for the company and it would cost at least twice the amount to order one lonely pair and take forever and three days to get here. She said she appreciated me coming in and trying to buy from her first, but she didn't have it in her to do that to me. I appreciated her honesty and thanked her for it. I found a nice lovely pair of French Bohin scissors instead. I purchased the 'Coeur' edition and I love them. The price was 18.00 and you can't beat that with a stick!

At any rate, here are my birthday goodies:

1 pair of the Bohin Ciseaux à broder 'Coeur'

2 packages of Bohin tapestry needles, size 26

JBW Designs 'La Fraise' chart

La Broderie's Crescent Moon Sampler

Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly Summer 2010 magazine

and Cross Stitch and Needlework July 2010 magazine. With all this, I still spent less than I would have buying just the DOVOs online. Go me, haha!

Stitchy stash!

And here is a closeup of the new Bohins, with my latest project, The Busy Needle. Haven't gotten a whole lot accomplished, but that's the way it goes, I suppose.

Design: The Busy Needle, created exclusively for The Busy Needle in Tuscon, AZ. (Sadly, this is now out of print and the shop has now closed due to the owner's illness as I have been told.)

Designer: Diane Williams for Little House Needleworks

Fabric: 28 count raw natural Cashel linen by Zweigart

Fibers: Crescent Colours cotton floss in Bamboo, Blackbird, Sassy Brass, Weeping Willow, and Wild Berries.

Well, I best be off. I need to put the kettle on again and get to stitching. Beannacht Dé leat! :)


Respectfully submitted,


PS: Perhaps I will name the DOVOs after the Duchesse de Polignac. She was best friend and favorite of one of my favorite Queens, Marie Antoinette. She was also a part of Marie Antoinette's Société Particulière de la Reine, or Particular Society of the Queen, that being the Queen's inner circle. Marie Antoinette had her domain and her faithful companions, just as we all do. Something to think about at any rate! :)


elenamac said...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!!
Nice charts and nice scissor! I love them!!Nice start on the new xstitch work!


Christina said...

Sorry your scissors were ruined. To bad you can't send them to the manufacturer to be repaired. Nice stash and a great start on your project. Happy Birthday!

blueladie said...

Nice 'stashing' Cindy. Lovely new pair of scissors. Sorry about your old ones. I love the idea you have of 'displaying them in a place of honor'. :) Cathryn

StitchinKat said...

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Kathy, aka StitchinKat

Eva said...

I was looking for Irish word for friend, then I liked words "cara dilis" and when checking on Internet, if it really means "true friend", I found this article :-)

I understand it is possible to be sad about scissors. I read about an issue with the screw, but I am sure someone would be able repair screw also?
Greetings from Czech republic, Eva