Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What is a fob?

This blog entry is for Viki, who asked what a fob was, and anyone else who wants to know!

fob noun
1. a vest pocket to hold a pocket watch
2. an adornment that hangs from a watch chain
3. short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest

A scissors fob is something similar. It is attached to your embroidery scissors, and is usually weighted, so that if the scissors should drop, the fob hits the ground first thereby protecting the point of the scissors from damage. The star fob that I made a while ago is filled with batting and some quarters for weight, because of the star shape, the usual rice filling would have been hard too work with.

Scissors fobs can also be beaded, and in this case are more like 'jewelry' for you scissors. The one pictured was a gift from my friend Lesley, who lives in Australia, thus the koala bear at the end.

Any fob also identifies your scissors. When there is a group of stitchers together, there are bound to be at least two that have the exact same pair of scissors. By having a fob on your scissors, you will instantly know which one belongs to you!


Daffycat said...

Good post, Eva!

Eva said...

One must educate these younguns!

MrsJ said...