• 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 […]

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  • Japanese urushi lacquer scoops

    I love lacquer and have been fortunate to receive lacquered bowls, chopsticks and bento boxes from my relatives in Japan over the years.  And I was so pleased to learn that lac dye is derived from shellac, which I assumed was where lacquer came from.  It was a very nice tie-in with the beautiful lac […]

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  • On Pins and Needles

    My weakness for beautiful tools was sorely tested these past few days, and I finally succumbed to the charms of these vintage needlework treasures.  The objets of my desire were  lovely  tools for sewing, stitching and lacemaking from a French company called Sajou.  Maison Sajou was founded in 1828 and was well known as a […]

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