Mini Alphabet Scissor Stand & Needleroll

This dumpy little wooden cotton reel has been given a new lease of life as a tiny workstation. The wooden bobbin is padded so that it will take pins. The pure linen band is stitched by hand with a complete traditional alphabet in counted cross stitch, using colours inspired by the bobbin label. I have lined it in a pretty, colourful Liberty Lawn and attached the fiendishly-sharp-but-tiny chatelaine scissors with a co-ordinated twisted cord. When you are stitching you can line up all the needles in use on the coloured lining.

The Mini Alphabet Needleroll and Scissor Stand is supplied boxed with a beautiful pair of chatelaine scissors, and three pearl pins. The cotton reel measures 1.5in (4cm) high and 1.5in (4cm) across the top.

This bobbin is a one-off for the moment but please check back for more. Each one will be individually stitched, inspired by a vintage reel and Liberty Lawn.


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The story of this little treasure

I am thrilled how popular my little Scissor Stands have proved this year. I really enjoy making them but have found it difficult to get the lovely vintage reels while we have been encouraged to stay at home so much. Thank goodness for a glorious sunny day at an outdoor brocante fair organised by The Country Brocante. I manged to find a few larger reels that are the perfect size for the linen band.

I have always been very fond of old wooden cotton reels and bobbins, and love adding to my collection. You will even find a giant one in my kitchen – I couldn’t leave the shop without a bobbin that had been upcycled into a wooden spoon rack. (Thank you again, Baileys Home Store!)

Whilst in charge at The Cross Stitch Guild, I did create some pretty kits involving reproduction cotton reels. (These were initially made for me by my lady wood turner, Jo Freeman, who has had to retire because of her health.) If you would like to stitch any of my scissor and needle holders, you will find them here.