The 2016 Scissor Fob Exchange was hosted by Alderney Needlearts Guild.  Thanks to Marie Cron for sending along photos of all of the fobs - front and back of most. If you're looking for ideas or to get a better understanding of the exchange, take a look at this video (be patient, it is a large file, best played on a Windows device):



There is lots of inspiration in there! So many techniques and styles, this looks like a lot of fun. A nice small project that let's you use your favourite technique and you get a new fob stitched by another EAC member!

Now that you're inspired, make some time to stitch up a scissor fob for this year's exchange. The Embroidery Guild of Victoria has taken on the hosting duties for this year.

When planning your stitching please keep the following in mind:
  • use the embroidery technique of your choice
  • no larger than 2.5" by 2.5"
  • should fit easily into a regular-size envelope, not too thick
Once you've completed your fob, get it ready for mailing:
  • attach your name and contact information to your fob
  • send with an appropriately sized self-addressed stamped envelope
Mail your fob on or before September 29, 2017 to:

Susan Harrington
823 Old Esquimalt Rd
Victoria BC V9A 4W9

Are you an EAC member? If so, you can access the "members only" area of the EAC website to see the Carnation Smalls pattern , by Linda Brenner. Linda has provided instructions to stitch and finish a scissor fob if you want to learn how. Find out how to set up your access to the members only area in this blog article from September 2016.

Instructions for scissor fobs can also be found online at many of the popular embroidery sites. Mary Corbett has provided a pattern and finishing instructions for a round fob on Craftsy.


The EAC Heritage Collection has a wide variety of textiles.This particular piece is one of three handkerchiefs donated by the Regina Historical Society.  Learn more about the collection on the EAC website.

Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

TITLE: Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

SIZE: 37 cm X 37 cm

Accession Number: EAC-2010-10

DESCRIPTION: “This elaborate handkerchief was created by making the different motifs separately and then joining them together through the use of plaits or picot plaits.  The inner edge consists of a traditional cucumber foot edge.  The 4 corner roses have a Tally 4 pin filling for the centers.  Leaves are either a 3 petal clover motif or a multi fingered rose leaf.  Rather than stoppings and starting motifs, threads have been bundled and carried across parts of the design so that the worker could continue on in their work.  One can also see on the multi fingered leaf, where threads have been bundled down the edge of the segment and used to create an attempt at a three dimensional effect.”

close-up of the hand made lace edging on a cotton handkerchief
Handkerchief  Detail


MATERIALS: fine lawn and cotton threads

HISTORY: donated by the Government House Historical Society (Regina)

CONDITION: very good

TREATMENT: wash in Orvus and store in acid free conditions

Learn more about Honiton lace on Wikipedia. For more about Duchesse lace, check Encyclopedia Britannica and the bobbin lace entry on Wikipedia.
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The Embroiderers' Association of Canada (EAC) is a national non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge; and thereby to work towards maintaining higher standards of design, colour and workmanship.

Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.
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