Thursday, 28 May 2015

Scissor Fobs and a Needle Minder

So, these are not the greatest quality, because I only have my phone, and it's not the best for taking super closeups, and trust me when I say, these are much prettier in real life.  But here are the fobs and the needle minder I recently made.

First up is the needle minder.  I found the most beautiful bead that was originally part of a bracelet.  The owner of the store broke the bracelet up and sold me the bead, as she is getting rid of her bead stock.  I used a bit of hot glue and glued a magnet to the back.   24 hours later (just to make sure it was truly dry) I now have a one-of-a-kind needle minder.

These are my favourite scissors.  They are Leah from the Gingher Designer series.  I know it's hard to see the detail, but they are the most beautiful purple roses with green leaves.  For the fob I used a lavender glass seed bead, purple swarovski crystals and a leaf green bead.  The centre is a swarovski ball and the end is a bobbin that I threaded some purple DMC thread on.

 Here's a closer look.

This is a terrible picture and I do apologize.  These are my Ginger Designer "Julia" scissors.  I used a smoky moonstone bead, a smoky glass bluish/greenish bead, glass periwinkle seed beds and ceramic blue bead for the middle.  The end bead is a fresh water pearl set in silver.

A better look, although the pearl doesn't really show up very well.

These are my Ashleys.  I used a pale pink pearl seed bead, swarovski purple, the same green beads I used for my Leah's, and the end bead is a pale pink rose.

A closeup of the rose.

These are my Charlene's. These were the first Gingher scissors I ever collected. 
The fob is swarovski amethyst and light purple, with a smoky rose bead in the middle.  The end is a swarovski heart.

These are my Alyssa's, which are tiny peacock feathers.   I used blue and clear seed beads, and blue and white swarovski crystal beads.  The end bead is a palm tree a friend whom I met on a cruise to the Caribbean gave me.

I really enjoy making fobs, and I've made them for all of my friends in my stitching circle.  Although they do run a tad on the expensive side to make, the crystals really catch the light and make for a stunning outcome.

And that's it.   I do think my Gingher collecting is at it's end, so my Visa (and my husband) can relax.  But who knows. Gingher puts out 2 new designs a year, and down the road there may be a pattern that I simply must have.  And of course, it will have to have its own fob!

Perhaps I had better not put the Visa away just yet....

~Rai Rai


  1. Love your beadwork, but especially the needle minder!!

    1. Thanks! The needle minder is my favourite too!

  2. I hope to see in person that beautiful needle minder this Sunday. All fobs are fabulous and scissors are out of this world. I love them too!

    1. Alas, I was working all weekend. I'm going to be working all next weekend too. Sad face.

  3. Hi Rai Rai, Love your needle minder, it's very beautiful and unique to you and that makes it all the more special! isn't it great to make things no one else has got. well done you! I love your scissors, SO very pretty. Happy Stitching to you.

    1. Thanks Summer. I saw it and I couldn't resist. They are surprisingly easy to make. Just some hot glue and a magnet. Boom, done!

      I do love my fobs, though. I think I may have an addiction! The first step to a cure is admitting it, right?

  4. Oh love them all. I just LOVE gingher scissors too!!

    1. See Katie, I knew there was a reason we were friends! Do you have any Ginghers of your own? If so, what ones?

      Have you seen the new pattern coming out? I find the ones recently haven't been as pretty. They are more abstract. I think I prefer the flower ones. Do you have a preference?