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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fancy Beaded Scissor Fob

I love pulling out My Beading Stuff every once in a while to see what I can come up with using a little of this and a little of that. I realize that this isn't technically a needle project since I don't use any needles, but I figure any needle project worth its salt requires a good pair of scissors, right? And what's a good pair of scissors without a Fancy Beaded Scissor Fob?

Up until now, I would have answered that question by saying that it is still a good pair of scissors and I have survived just fine with my plain old scissors. But now that I see them all dressed up, I feel the sudden urge to find something, anything, to use them on! They are too pretty to leave alone!

So here's how I made my Fancy Beaded Scissor Fob:

Fancy Beaded Scissor FobFirst I gathered My Beading Stuff -- all the usual suspects: beads, spacers, charms, lobster claw clasps, plain old naked scissors, spool of monofilament also known as fishing line (I love the stuff).

Fancy Beaded Scissor FobThen I cut a length of fishing line about 4 feet long and doubled it over. I picked out the charm I wanted to use which you can see is a pretty little antiqued silver fleur de lis in a circle. I put the folded loop of the fishing line through the ring that was attached to the charm and pulled the other end of the fishing line through the loop. Then I proceeded to arrange my beads and spacers to my liking. The above picture was one of my first attempts which I decided I didn't like, so I took all the beads off and started again.

Fancy Beaded Scissor FobThis is what I ended up with, just a simple single line of tastefully arranged beads in different shapes, and some pretty silver filigree beads in between. I threaded a crimp bead on last and then threaded the loose ends of the fishing line through the loop of the lobster claw clasp. Then I knotted the line twice, making sure to leave the beads loose enough to hang freely, and then threaded it back through the crimp bead again and through the next several beads to hide the end of the fishing line. Then I crimped the bead, trimmed the loose end of the fishing line and there you have it.

Fancy Beaded Scissor FobNow doesn't that pair of scissors look happier all dressed up fancy? This was an easy and fun project to make, using some of what I had on hand and a few items purchased with this project in mind. It only took me about an hour to make, and that included stopping to take pictures and arranging my beads quite a few times before deciding on the final design.

Wouldn't this make a nice gift for a special stitcher, or for your sewing circle Christmas gift swap, or even an easy project to mass produce for your school craft fair?

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  • I'd love to send you a sample of Soft Flex wire. Please email me, if you are interested. I can't seem to find a way to email you direct from this blog. :)

    Sara Hardin

    By Blogger Unknown, At August 21, 2008 at 12:31 AM  

  • Thanks so much Sara! I look forward to receiving the sample and trying it out.

    Right now, commenting is the only way to contact me from by blog. Sorry about that. I need to get my favorite computer guy (aka my husband!) working on a contact button.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At August 21, 2008 at 10:10 PM  

  • oh yes...I need one of those....I keep loosing my scissors!:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 14, 2008 at 10:53 PM  

  • Mary Grace,
    Nice dress up for scissors and they would be a great identifying marker, How Pretty! Love your beadwork and the celtic embroidery as well as the knitting markers you made. Very Creative! Thanks for hosting this giveaway, it's very generous of you. It would be cherished!


    By Blogger Quiltsmiles, At September 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM  

  • Scissor fobs are one of my favorite things. I love to take them with me when I sew with friends or classes. I have been in swaps where we exchanged them and I some really lovely ones. Yours are just beautiful and are made just the way I like them. Great job and fabulous beads.


    By Blogger House of Mouse, At September 17, 2008 at 10:35 AM  

  • What a great scissors fob - I'm going to try making one! Oh darn, I'll have to shop for the proper bits and pieces - poor me!! ;) I wanted to make the ladies in my family small sewing kits for Christmas - even tho none of them can sew, I'm sure they all have to do mending occasionally, lol. This would make a great addition to their gift :)

    By Blogger Sandra :), At October 4, 2008 at 11:31 PM  

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