Sunday, March 13, 2016
Slow Sunday Stitching Scissors
It's Sunday! You know what that means!!
It's time to power down, breathe deeply, relax, take a break from your everyday routine, pick up a threaded needle and slowly stitch something.
Last night we turned our clocks ahead for daylight savings time. And for some reason, the research indicates that the time change results in an increase in heart attacks and car accidents.
All the more reason to do things s-l-o-w-l-y today!
And speaking of being careful, I have a question for you.
I am starting to assemble my Life Is Beautiful blocks.
When the embroidery is done, I applique the circular design onto a 4 patch block. It is a challenge to get these curves appliqued smoothly, but I am really enjoying the process. When the applique is completed, I am supposed to cut away the extra fabric behind the embroidery, and then use that scrap circle for the centre of next block.
Here's my question - is it worth the money to buy these special duckbill applique scissors for this job? These are expensive scissors to buy and since I have at least 20+ pair of (cheap) scissors already, I am wondering if they are worth the money. In the Life Is Beautiful pattern I have to cut away the backs of circles over 250 times. I would get a lot of use out of them now, but would I ever use them again?
I do feel worried when I am cutting out the circles with my regular scissors due to the risk of accidentally cutting into the embroidery block *horrors*
What is your advice? Would you buy a tool that you will get a lot of use out of once, but might not use again? Do you have these specialty applique scissors, and do you use them?
Okay all you daylight savings sleep deprived stitchers... be careful out there this week! And we'd love it if you would like up your blogpost below and show us your hand stitching progress.