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The Fine Art of Making Scissors

A good pair of scissors is a must for any craftsperson and a fine pair of handmade scissors is a very special pleasure.  No wonder we keep them safely tucked away and bring them out only for those times when we are mending or stitching. When I visited Paris in the early 1990’s, I was […]

Handmade Mother of Pearl Scissors

These handmade luxury scissors are inspired by the Charles X era famous for the sophistication and quality of its objects and the scissors are beautifully rendered replicas. The handles are imitation mother of pearl and have ornately decorated shafts.   The finger rings are smooth ovals and one ring is embellished with a satin pompom […]

Handmade Tortoiseshell Scissors

These handmade luxury scissors are inspired by the Charles X era famous for the sophistication and quality of its objects and the scissors are beautifully rendered replicas. The handles are imitation tortoiseshell  The finger rings are smooth ovals and one ring is embellished with a satin pompom tassel.  The finished article is a very lightweight […]

Sajou Veined Ivory Scissors

Sajou Veined Ivory Scissors

These handmade luxury scissors are inspired by the Charles X era famous for the sophistication and quality of its objects and the scissors are beautifully rendered replicas. The handles are imitation veined ivory and reproduce the Sajou “S”.  The finger rings are decorated with a scalloped festoon detail and one ring is embellished with a […]

Naturally Dyed Paste Papers from Deena Schnitman

Naturally Dyed Paste Papers from Deena Schnitman

Deena created these beautiful paste papers from Botanical Colors natural dyes and was inspired by ancient designs and forms from nature.  The art of paste paper making dates from the 17th century and were most commonly used as endpapers or book covers in bookbinding, but they also make beautiful accents for a journal or collage […]

Hand carved wooden scoops

Hand carved wooden scoops

Hand Carved Wooden Scoops-Beautiful tools make the creative process so much more pleasurable so we pounced on these lovely hand carved scoops, knowing they would be perfect for measuring dyes. Originally created for loose tea, our Chinese wooden scoop is equally suited for powdered extracts. The scoops feature ornately carved dragon heads, small birds, or […]

Fil Au Chinois Waxed Linen Thread Capsules

The famous brand Fil au Chinois reproduced the packaging of their linen thread, sold in capsules (small round containers) in bygone days. This linen thread is lightly waxed to make sewing easier and is made in the north of France, the birthplace of Fil au Chinois. The label on the capsules is the famous character “Chinois”, the namesake of […]

Sajou Sewing Set #3

Sajou Sewing Set #3

A delightful small sewing box covered with blue and white paper like those used for the Mercerie vintage style storage boxes. Tailor’s chalk and tacking thread give it a dressmaker’s focus, but it is suitable for all needle art enthusiasts. The top of the cover has a pink Art Deco style cover of a girl and kitten playing with spools of thread […]

Fil au Chinois Waxed Linen Thread Cards

Before there were wooden and plastic thread spools, there were thread cards. These threads are decoratively wrapped around a Fil au Chinois cardboard holder in a beautiful star pattern and come in saturated bright colors. Each color has a different depiction of the Fil au Chinois character. Choose from 6 individual colors or a six pack of all the colors.  Available online only. […]

Paris Thread Winder

Paris Thread Winder

Cotton and linen threads were often presented on thread cards, capsules or cocoons prior to the need for a sewing machine spool. The choice of forms and colors was  varied and these cards have now become a charming collectible item.This series depicts the beloved Eiffel Tower in six colors: orange, red, mauve, blue, pale green […]

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