Red Pimpernel Scissor Stand & Needleroll

Another pretty vintage cotton bobbin has been given a new lease of life and is now a tiny workstation! The wooden bobbin is padded so that it will take pins. The pure linen band is stitched by hand with meadow flowers in counted cross stitch, then carefully lined in Liberty Lawn. You can keep your best gold-plated needles in the band and then pop the scissors in the hole in the top. The scissors are held with a hand-crafted cord which matches the stitching.

The Scissor Stand & Needleroll is supplied boxed with a pair of Italian gold-plated chatelaine scissors, some pearl pins and three gold-plated needles. The cotton reel measures 2in ( high and 1.5 (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 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!)

I only had to mention to a friend that I needed a few more reels, then a lovely parcel arrived full of little beauties. There is something rather lovely about the old reels with their logos and worn labels. When you see that a paper label has been pierced by being on a sewing machine at one time in its life, you can’t help but wonder about what was stitched and the story it could tell.

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.