Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 9. The joy of good pins.
Today, we're celebrating fine pins, and no, not a good set of legs. We're talking dressmaking pins, those fiddly little things you probably use all the time but don't give a lot of thought to. Then perhaps the pleasure of using Good Pins awaits you! Good pins like these:
online in the Tools & Notions section.)
Frankly, for far too long we'd both been using pins, at home and at The Drapery, that were more like this:
The Toilet Pins we pretty much ordered in so we could make our kids snigger at the name. And then we used them. So good! Pleasingly long and sturdy with black glass heads, the extra length makes them a breeze to insert and easy to grasp and remove as you sew along.
The Entomology Pins could, of course, be used to pin out your dead insect collection. But they're also perfect for pinning through fine, tightly woven fabrics like Liberty Tana Lawn. And they're more resilient than they look, since they are engineered, we suppose, to pierce crunchy bug shells.
Also, they both pass the test of The Horrible Pincushion, seen below, which will accept nothing but the sharpest of pins. Whatever they stuff in these ubiquitous pincushions is unyielding and hardly 'cushiony'.
- Jane & Fiona xx