Introducing a lovely collection of elegant stitching what-nots! Kelmscott Designs has searched the world over, and has brought us genuine Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winders and Thread Rings, as well as unique scissors, and lovely cameo-style Needle Minders.
Wonderful stitching gadgets for all of us, the Winders, Scissors and Rings are necessities for the insides of all the neat needlecase patterns offered in our marketplace. The Needle Minders perch perfectly on your linen or magnetic board. Excellent price points -- for small gift giving everything in this unique line will make any stitcher smile!
Kelmscott also serves as importer/distributor for several other designers. We'll put those designs on this page, too, until we have enough from a particular designer that we can build a separate page for them.
Kelmscott has a lovely collection of charming little thread keepers! Fun boards -- the wooden/chip-board styles are 2 x 4-ish inches in size, and each is drilled with holes to hold your working threads. The Mother-of-Pearl are natural shell -- simply gorgeous! They vary in size, but none larger than 3-ish inches. They are super fun to tuck into a stitched sewing case, they look pretty nestled in a needlework shadow box display, and they are just plain FUN to use while you stitch to organize your colors.
Mother-of-Pearl Thread Keep
Pretty gadgets by Kelmscott, these are natural Mother-of-Pearl shell palettes -- to hold precious threads. Measuring approx 2 to 3 inches each, they feature cut-outs, that can store threads for your current project... or display special colors in an even-more-special needle or sewing case!
Stunning displayed inside of a sewing box or framed needlework shadowbox... simply knot some pretty threads on the Keep to display near a favorite finished piece, or tuck one of these into you stitching tote to use. It doesn't matter what you decide to do with them... they are simply elegant, and quite functional, all at the same time! (And wow.. what a great, affordable gift!)
Switching seasons... how about a tulip-shaped mother-of-pearl thread keep? Kelmscott has a whole set of these -- so elegant to 'let yourself' use and enjoy!
More lovely natural Mother-of-Pearl shell shapes, these also vary in size, just like the Keeps.
They are cool inside your stitched cases, beside the keeps!
Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winders
Mother-of-Pearl pieces designed to be a decorative accent in a special needlecase or something pretty to wind a specialty thread around, these pieces are a generous 2-1/2-ish inches in size. Historically, thread winders were generally made of ivory, but in a size and weight like this piece... they would be cost prohibitive. So... as a treat, we have the Mother-of-Pearl!
Wind some left-over threads from a pretty sampler around the petals, and display it beside the piece. Or... wrap some special hand-dyed silks you're using in a current project, and just enjoy unwrapping the threads as you need them! They feel heavy in your hand, and are just so pretty! What a great price point for a small stitcher's gift, as well!
More Thread Winders
How cute are these? A pair of mini-sheep made from Mother of Pearl. Each Ewe is a mere 1-1/2 high and 2-1/4 inches long... and features a hold in its nose, in case you want to tether him to something else!
Dress them up with bits of pretty thread! Offered as a set of two.
For your stitching bag... These little pears are precious -- they are 1-1/4 inches wide and only 1-1/2 inches long. Wrap a bit of left-over hand-dyed silk 'something' around these and store them beside a framed sampler, inside a framed shadow-box galleria, or even inside a pretty stitched sewing or needle case. They are meant to showcase special threads -- and just think of how many cool little un-useable leftover bits of AWESOME threads you might have left from some assorted kit or something? (all the Jeannette Douglas and Victoria Sampler Thread packs come to mind right away. Don't hide those gorgeous threads after you've finished the piece!) Grab a pear -- of one of Kelmscott's other cute winders!
Angel Thread Winders - Or Ornaments!!
Kelmscott has some new Mother-of-Pearl thread winders in the shape of angels. Approx 2 x 2 in size, they are so pretty both as functional winders... AND elegant Christmas Tree ornaments! How beautiful to have a glisten-y white angel tucked among your branches?!
Each has a single hole so you could get creative attaching a halo if you wanted... they'd tie beautifully to a wreath... so cute along a garland of greenery... or lovely as a package tie for Baby's First Christmas! Offered in a pack of 2... they'll look lovely peeking out of a pocket in a pretty sewing case!
These are fun! More cute things to tuck into sewing cases... they are elegant.
Fun for a pin cushion embellishment as well.
Lovely Mother-of-Pearl rings - both small and larger in size -- these are used to organize threads in current projects, OR to use as display in a special sewing case or framed needlework piece!
Lots of uses... I've seen them tied with special silks and such that were used in a sampler, then framed right beside the finished piece! They are stunning when tucked inside a cool sewing or stitched needlecase... a sewing chest... anything! VERY elegant, and VERY affordable... really fun to have and USE!!!
This is a lovely collection of natural shell Mother-of-Pearl buttons -- all sorts of shapes!
Amounts vary with each style.
Baby Sheep Buttons
Oh, these are beautiful! A set of 5 mother-of-pearl sheep buttons, each measures 7/8 x 9-16 of an inch -- about 1 x 1/2. They'd be pretty inside a sewing case, and darling lined up on a sampler!
I hope someone designs something special for these -- they are too cute to be buried in a drawer!
Trois, Fish and Acorn Buttons
First, we have a set of 10 triangular buttons -- two holes each. Actually measuring 3/4 of an inch from point to point, they really don't *look* that big. Sturdy and really pretty.
Next is a whole school of tiny mother-of-pearl fish buttons! A mere 7/8 of an inch in size... each fish has two holes to sew them on... and a third hole for his eye. They come packages as a set of 10 buttons.
Finally, a cute little 1-2 inch mother-of-pearl acorn shaped buttons -- sew them onto anything where an acorn is just the right touch!
Offered in packages of 10!
1/4 Inch Shell Buttons -- Shaped!
Kelmscott has added to her line of Mother-of-Pearl and Natural Shell buttons with these 5 shapes. Triangles, Stars (now sold out), Ovals, Hearts and Flowers, each bagged set includes 30 buttons that you can use for just about anything! The shiny side looks old and elegant, the shell side looks old and grungy.
Two great choices for your finished look. Anyway, all the same sizes, and very affordable.
Mini Rounds Shell Buttons
A great set of 8mm (approx 1/4 on an inch) Mother-of-Pearl buttons -- shiny and smooth on one side, bumpy and natural on the other. The package that I am looking at for my 'web words' has 134 buttons in it! Tons of little shell buttons, you can do a lot with these tiny things!
The shiny side looks elegant on antique-y things, the rough side looks great on primitives. Check out the finishing treatment on *Pins* the Sampler's Remembered Pin Cushion with Button trim pattern!
Glass Snowman Scissor Fob -- To adorn ANY of Kelmscott's little red scissors (flowers, vintage, baby storklettes, love, and lil gems) she has made cute glass snowman beaded fobs! (He'd look good on black scissors as well.) Makes me think on peppermint and marshmallows!
Mother of Pearl Pieces -- A Buckle
3 New natural shell options...
Mother Of Pearl Heart Buckle
Oh, this is a cool thing... it is a one-inch heart, divided in the center, to form a buckle attachment. Paula has drilled the center section as well, so if you are wanting to anchor it a bit, you can. This is an imaginative piece for finishing, it'll present a different option for needlework case closures, pin cushion decorations, chatelaine embellishment, lots of fun things! Get creative with this tiny piece! Offered 3 to a package.
Mother of Pearl Ruler
An exquisite real Mother-of-Pearl shell 3-inch ruler, this features accurate, laser-etched markings, and a hole, so you can attach it to fobs, or secure in a cool sewing case! A lovely addition to your stitching bag... its small and elegant!
Kelmscott brings a number of new and unique scissor styles to our industry! Little squatty things, lots of color, unique shapes... you'll enjoy this whole collection of fun scissors. A Note: We all stitch numerous fobs and cases... ALL requiring 'scissors in residence' as part of their finished presentation. Paula's scissors are not DOVO or Gingher quality, but they DO cut threads.
Most likely, you have several other favorite pair of scissors that you use every day... and the cream of the crop graces your main stitching bag. Those are probably your top quality... your very-most-favorites. These can be, too, but their 'main goal in life' is to trim your stitched fobs, tuck perfectly into your stitched needlework case, travel with you on a long trip, and just generally *look good* all the time!!! (like miniature Miss Americas!) So... choose some pretty, fun scissors to grace your next stitched fob... you have a lot to choose from!
Fright Web Scissors
A new little trinket for your stitching bag...
Kelmscott has a new color of 3-3/4 inch embroidery scissors -- called Fright Webs. The scissors are a bit hard to manuever... but they are really meant for decoration in neat sewing cases, or a special scissor to showcase a stitched Halloween fob. Quite a fun treatment for scissors!!!
Flower Power Scissors!
Kelmscott has some delightfully cute new scissors out... *Bloomin' Cute Miniatures!* Little Flower Power scissors! So darn cute... they actually measure about 2-1/4 inches SQUARE!
The finger holes are good, the blades are only 1/2 an inch in length, and these little babies are SHARP! They will be charming attached to the right fob, and really fun inside a wild sewing case. You're going to want them! Right now, we have 10 different colors, with shiny gold, silver and matte black possibly coming soon.
Very ornate bitty scissors -- these are decorated with acorn and leaf artwork on the handles. 2-1/2 Inch overall length, the blades are 5/8 of an inch long.
Pretty for a special sewing case or something... these are much more for decoration than utility. Because of the decorations, my fingers do not fit comfortably into the handles, and I find them very difficult to work well. Offered in bronze, silver-tone and matte black primitive, they'll be cute with a pretty Autumn project.
New Vintage Scissors!
Here's a trio of cute scissors. *Vintage Scissors,* these are 3-1/4 inches long and are offered in three different colors. Shiny Black, French Red, and Old Silver.
Cute little things... straight in design with a rope-looking design on the handles, the tips are very pointed. Paula says they remind her of the little scissors that were in her grandmother's sewing basket!
New Scissor Offerings
Cathedral, Mermaid Scissors
Here we go, all you specialty-scissor collectors! Something unusual for every scissor case and fob!
OK... have you ever seen Squares and Rounds? Or Star Scissors? Kelmscott has two new novelty styles that need just the perfect fobs and sewing cases to *Present* with a flourish! Circle/Squares are a matte black finish pair measuring 3-3/4 in size. They feel OK! They cut OK! Kind of fun, because the two different finger holes really DO feel different to your fingers if you reverse them. I kind of brace my finger on that straight side! These are cool!
The Star scissors are quite a bit more challenging for my hand to work with. Cute shape... we need someone to design a little animal -- and these would be his glasses! (like the Cat's Wiskers Owl case.) Anyway, shorter blades... definitely a novelty scissor rather than a 'cutting machine!' Again, matte black finish, these measure 3-3/4 x 3-1/4!
Now! 2 more novelty scissors, both 3 3/4" and both unique... Hearts Atopple and Pudgie Scissors. (Don't guess I need to tell you which are which!)
Baby Storklette Scissors in *Living Color!!!*
Oh my gosh, aren't these the cutest things??? Kelmscott's Baby Storklette Scissors in 10 new colors -- all following the DMC color palette -- so they'll match most of your stitching!
Same color line as the Lil Gems, each of these scissors is a mere 2-1/2 inches long and features a shiny enameled colored finish in red... orange... pink... yellow... green... you can see them all in the pic. Very classic and petite style to fit onto lots of your cute scissor fobs, or into your stitched sewing cases. These are nice little scissors!
Little Love Scissors
Kelmscott has taken their heart-handled scissors, made them smaller -- 2-5/8 in size -- added color to them -- and here we are with a delightful array of colorful scissors!
All follow the same color shades as Paula's Baby Storklettes and Lil Gems, and are perfect for small fobs and teeny sewing cases!
Spooks and Spells and Magic Potion Scissors
Kelmscott has taken her "Lorna Doone" butter cookie Lace scissors and colored them for Halloween! Rinky-Dinky colored scissors to tuck into fun cases and attach to showy stitched scissor fobs... these are kind of fun! Kelmscott's LACE scissor design -- we think they remind us of Lorna Doone Butter Cookies... and NOTHING is scary about that!
Just for fun... bright colors... scissors measure 2-3/4 inches long with 1/2 inch blades. They cut OK... not too awkward in your hand... they are meant for decoration rather than your favorite 'go-to' stitching scissor.
Mon Petite Eiffel Tower Scissors Kelmscott has a smattering of new things... here are just a few! We now have a duo of 2-3/4 inch mini Eiffel Tower scissors. Miniature versions of the French landmark... one has a matte black finish, the other a shiny silver color. Too Cute!
Kelmscott has a new addition to their scissor collection...
The Daisy Scissors are a new shape altogether. A matte black finish, these actually feel pretty good in your cutting hand! 3-1/2 Inches in overall length, the scallops on the handles are softly rounded -- they have a cute, whimsical personality to them! Fun new additions to her line!
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Baby Storks!!!! How Cute!!!! Miniature, vintage-styled classic stork scissors -- notice the 1/2 inch blades, and the overall 2-1/2 inch size. The screw that holds them together is the stork's eye, so you can tell how they'll open and close.
Offered in three different finishes, something petite and cute for a scissor case, or to place in a needlework too display, there isn't too much etching on these -- reminiscent of antique stork scissors.
An unusual 2-3/4 inch pair of square-handled scissors, designed to remind you of lace. They totally remind me of those little butter cookies you buy in the grocery store! Fun things to add to special stitching cases and displays!
Cat Snips Scissors
More new treats from Kelmscott Designs that join her huge collection of unique scissors, this kind of thing is always fun as a stocking stuffer gift, or a special something to add to an unstitched project that you are giving as a gift! (Yes, it IS ok to 'gift' something that is supposed to be stitched but isn't stitched by you!!!!!) The kitty scissors are really fun because of that finger hole tail -- it curls just like a kitty tail. Very strange in proportion, though... because the blades measure a mere 3/8 of an inch of the overall 3-3/4 scissor length. Definitely a novelty scissor -- cute for so many places -- they come in a matte black finish.
Primitive Lace Scissors
Kelmscott has a new finish in one of their current scissor styles... choices and more choices! A matte black look, they have a delicate antiqued finish which can be buffed and will show soft patina wear and tear after using.
Paula suggests that you can take a cloth and GENTLY buff off and "offings" the factory did not remove, and after repeated use, the finish will softly wear to a lighter black where you've been holding them. Maybe not a good idea to put a new pair in a white sewing case right away!!! Cute little scissors -- pretty with a distressed and antique-y fob or in a neat old fashioned scissor case.
Angel and Elizabeth I Scissors
Kelmscott has two new scissor styles that are CHARMING! The angel is quite heavy, and features very small finger holes. (Reminds me of the shape of her owl scissors.) Designed as a complementary piece for fun sewing and needlework cases... I actually think these would be stunning hanging on your Christmas tree as an ornament! Possibly attach them to some red wool or felt? Very shiny and pretty!!!
The miniature Tudor Rose style (called Elizabeth I in our shopping cart) is gold, and only 2-1/2 inches in size -- smaller than Kelmscott's regular silver-toned style. 1/2 Inch blades, these are just the prettiest little things... ones you probably HAVE to HAVE!!! (And *who says* a stitcher shouldn't decorate their tree with a few scissors and needlework threats!?)
Owls! Kelmscott has two new scissor patterns... two more options for all your empty fobs and cases!!! Her 3 3/4" Owl scissors are cute, and quite a different shape in your hand to cut with. The finger holes are small; they feel heavy in your hand, and the blades are a minute 1/2 an inch in length!!!
This is an offering of tiny scissors that each measure slightly under 2-inches in overall length! Sharp blades, since they are so small -- THEY LOVE TO FLY AROUND THE WORLD!!! Airline approved, Paula has chosen 11 finishes that match DMC floss colors -- so you can match these to any stitched cases and fobs you have! (finished or unfinished!!!) Finger holes run on the larger end... so these can actually be used!
Available in Silver, Gold, Black (310), Red (321), White (B5200), Blue (995), Fuschia (3607), Green (910), Yellow (307), Purple (208), and Orange (947)... think the yellows and pinks for Spring stuff... the black and orange ones for Halloween, and the green for St Pat's Day stuff!
Magnetic Needle Minders
A very classy way to keep track of stray needles, these elegant, Victorian Cameos feature a pair of magnets on their back, to cling to fabrics, or rest on the table... just wherever you'd like. The magnets will attract your needles, so you won't lose them.
Each Cameo is made from a resin material, but they look just like porcelain! 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 inch ovals, we have 7 designs available, and each is just as lovely as the other. Soft colors, beautiful relief, these are very well done, and what a great price, too!
Cameo Angel Magnets
Kelmscott has released an awesome set of oval cameo magnets -- needle minders that can double as regular magnets!!! Lovely letters decorated with elegant angels and cherubs, each one is different in design, but similar because they are all a soft cream color on a matte black finish.
Measuring approx 1-1/2 inches, these tiny resin ovals feature a magnet attached to the back, along with yet another magnet. Designed to 'cling' to your fabric, and mind your needle, they'd be pretty as a regular, lowly refrigerator magnet!!! Everyone you know has a *name* that begins with a *letter!* Start with YOU and then your best friend... and go from there!!! Lovely!.
These miniature scissor needle minders are precious! Paula has plans to miniaturize lots of her scissors into non-working mini minders! Measuring just 2 inches in size, they do not open and close... but they are AWESOME!
You can use them as a minder -- the magnet is on the back but NOT ATTACHED... so lets think outside the stitching box for these! Use them as a key fob, attach them to your sewing basket as a decoration... hang them on your Christmas Tree just the way they are! Use them as embellishments on pin cushions or inside sewing cases or on pillows... attach them to a wooden frame as a garnish, frame them in a shadow box. Scrapbook with em... use them as party favors for your Christmas Stitching Party... make your friends scissor cases and put these on the front as the decoration... They are bitty little scissors that are cuter than cute!
from The Primitive Jewel
By Primitive Jewel, here is a stitched thread palette just like her Halloween Threads piece! A cute idea, this is a board, covered on both sides with your stitching, and trimmed with a set of mother of pearl thread rings.
This would be REALLY FUN as a tree ornament! Hang your scissors near-by trimmed with a pretty stitched fob! Who says ornaments have to be glass baubles? Offered as a chart, rings offered separately.
Halloween Threads from The Primitive Jewel
Here's a fun little stitched thread palette -- measuring only 4 x 4! Cute Halloween motifs on one side, and an appropriate verse on the other... *My threads are orange, black and lime, This is Halloween stitching time.*
Just mounted onto a square board, sew on 8 of the mother-of-pearl 1-inch thread rings by Kelmscott, and you have a cute little storage piece that looks cool on either side! How easy is that? Offered as a chart... rings are separate!
from The Primitive Jewel
Hey, this is a cool design!!! It is for stitched *rulers* if you will -- gauges to determine the count of your linens! (Yeah, yeah, you can just count with a needle, and we have plastic stitch gauges that we sell a ton of, but these are delightful little what-nots.) Each is stitched on its appropriate count of linen, so when you hold up a mystery scrap from your stash, you have a gauge to determine stitch count.
Just charming, these are finished with just fusible interfacing and backing fabric. (You don't want fancy edging on there -- because you need that graduated edge to line up smoothly with your mystery fabric.) Something fun for a needlework display, and another cool thing to add inside a special stitched needlework case! Even... fun gifts for your stitching friends! Offered as the chart of three measures.
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