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Thursday, 7 May 2009
Dutch Band Sampler

I have been working on the Dutch Band Sampler and although I haven't done much to it, there are a few additional stitches. As you can see I have been 'playing' with Photoshop too!

Now why, you may ask, am I showing a pair of stork scissors? Well these stork scissors are no ordinary run-of-the-mill stork scissors! They were found in a box in the attic of a firm of solicitors over 20 years ago and were probably part of someone's long-forgotten estate. The partners of the firm, knowing that I was a keen stitcher, said that I could have them, along with another pair of 'not so nice' scissors. I used them for many years but now they are purely for 'show' although they are still fairly sharp. I think they are probably gold or maybe gold plated; I cannot see if they are hall-marked. The blades of the scissors, together with the wings of the stork, are silver not gold and the wings seems to be 'inset' rather than part of the scissors. I often wonder how old they actually are and, indeed, who originally owned these beautiful scissors?

I have a follow-up appointment with the consultant later today to check my hand and, hopefully, he will now discharge me. As I could remember the exercises I was shown by the physio when I had the same surgery on my left hand in 2007, I have been doing these and there is much improvement. I cannot stitch for long periods but I am sure this will happen with time!

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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  • On 7 May 2009 at 14:45, Blogger Kim B

    Your sampler is lovely. And those scissors are amazing! I'm glad to hear there's improvement with your hand. Wishing you continued recovery!

  • On 7 May 2009 at 14:51, Blogger Karoline

    Dutch Band sampler looks lovely, I hope the consultants visit goes well.

  • On 7 May 2009 at 15:00, Blogger Julie's Keepsakes

    This is ironic...I'm stitching the same Dutch Band Sampler!!! I just fell in love with it when I saw it in the Samplers and Antiques magazine. Great progress, btw!

    I hope your appointment goes well.

  • On 7 May 2009 at 15:41, Blogger Cindy F.

    Beautiful sampler! and I love the scissors! What a wonderful discovery!
    Best wishes @ your dr's appt.!

  • On 7 May 2009 at 16:37, Blogger VALIE

    Sligthly jealous of your scissors... (joke)

  • On 7 May 2009 at 18:14, Blogger Carla

    Dutch Sampler looks wonderful!!!
    Hope everything goes well with your doctor's appointment :)

  • On 7 May 2009 at 18:29, Blogger Barbeeque4

    The Band sampler is looking just beautiful!!!! I love those scissors! Good luck with you consult.

    Have a great weekend -


  • On 7 May 2009 at 18:40, Blogger staci

    Your DBS is very pretty. And those scissors...wow, what a find! Good luck with your hand consult {{hugs}}

  • On 7 May 2009 at 18:51, Blogger Deb

    Your sampler is beautiful. And am glad to hear that things are improving with your hand. Do love the scissors too!

  • On 7 May 2009 at 19:44, Blogger Ranae

    Hi! Thanks for leaving me a comment. I love new-to-me blogs and yours is very interesting to browse. I love the colors in the sampler and being a scissors lover those stork are a find.
    I try to keep you in mind for a trade of the JK charts.

  • On 7 May 2009 at 21:27, Blogger Patti

    Your sampler is just gorgeous and I am so glad that you are doing your exercises and your hand is feeling so much better. Los and lots of Love Patti xxx

  • On 8 May 2009 at 01:32, Blogger valerie

    The sampler looks terrific and those scissors are great! I love the silver wing and beak on them. Glad the hand is doing much better!

  • On 8 May 2009 at 02:08, Blogger Yuko

    Your Dutch Band Sampler looks so beautiful!!!
    I love it, and also I love how you played with photoshop!
    It's so fun to play with photoshop, isn't it?!
    I always play with it, and can't stop! :D

  • On 8 May 2009 at 10:14, Blogger Karan

    Lovely sampler & scissors. Hope all goes well with the consultant visit. :0)

  • On 8 May 2009 at 22:39, Blogger Daffycat

    Lovely photo effects, Carol. Great story about the scissors too!

  • On 9 May 2009 at 15:25, Blogger Brigitte

    The sampler looks wonderful and I love the way you photographed it. Very effective.

  • On 9 May 2009 at 17:06, Blogger lena-lou

    I love the colours of this and your old scissors are so nice!

    I think you are doing amazingly well with your hand, hope it continues and the consultant is pleased, I bet he/she will be impressed !

    I like what you have done with your picture

    Take care