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Gifts for the Stitcher

Some of the most difficult people on my holiday list are my fellow stitchers. I think it's because we share the same hobby and passion for needlework that makes it more difficult than one might think, but I've stumbled across several ideas over the last few years that seem to have been greatly appreciated. I've even received gifts using the same ideas detailed below, and I LOVE them!

Petites Embroidery Scissors
Petites Embroidery Scissors $7.99
Autumn Scissors
Autumn Scissors $11.99
Heirloom Embroidery Accessories
Heirloom Embroidery Accessories $84.99
  1. Scissors. We stitchers love our scissors, and it seems that we can never have enough. I've gifted more pairs of scissors than I can remember, and I've been given numerous pairs of scissors over the years. They're a crucial part of my stitching and all are so nice and appreciated. Embroidery scissors range considerably in price, so depending on your budget, there are pairs for every level. I'm not sure if it's a Southern superstition or not, but both my grandmothers always taught us to tape a penny to the scissors when giving them as a gift. The recipient then gives the penny back to the gift-giver in order to avoid "cutting the friendship." I've given scissors as gifts both ways (with and without a penny), and I've not lost any friends yet. Pictured at right are a few of the scissors styles available at Annie's catalog.
  2. Stitching bags. Just like we can never have enough scissors, stitching bags and/or project envelopes are always appreciated no matter how many one might have in a collection already. Several companies have built their businesses around bags, totes and project pouches for the embroiderer, and those make perfect gifts. Or, if you're handy with a sewing machine, how about sewing up one over a weekend and customizing to a favorite color or style?
  3. Project packs. We all have our own favorites and styles, but we tend to know or have ideas about what our friends and fellow stitchers like. It takes a bit of careful questioning and planning, but I love finding a pattern that a friend is eyeing and then purchasing it and all materials to make a kit for her or him. If it's a project that calls for a lot of specialty fibers that can add up in cost quickly, sometimes, I'll only pick a few of the specialty fibers or embellishments. It's a fun gift that will go in your friend's stitching bag without hesitation, and it's a great way to support local needlework shops too.
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