Frogging Made Easy – Curve Tipped Scissors

I’ve been stitching now for well over 15 years, and in that time I must have frogged a good few hundred meters of thread (I stitch stuff wrong all the time), and frankly, it’s not been fun. Frogging sucks. It’s the bain of existence for cross stitchers everywhere, not only due to the fact that it takes ages, means the last few hours stitching were a waste but also opens up all the little holes in aida.
It turns out however that one of those problems is now something of the past. Enter these babies:

4andhalf inch snip-a-stitch scissors (source: amazon)
4andhalf inch snip-a-stitch scissors (source: amazon)

Before I get into the meat of things here, if you don’t know what frogging is, check out my previous post where we go into where the term frogging came from. I also want to say that I’ve not been paid for this review; I’m just obsessed with these scissors. In fact, I’m pretty much obsessed with cross stitch scissors in general.
But these scissors are a bit different. Firstly, they’re very new to the market, I can find a reference to them in 2017, but not before. The second thing, is these scissors are made JUST for frogging. Or as I should actually say; removing sutures and stitches.
You see, removing stitches from people have exactly the same issue of opening up the holes, and with humans and animals, you can spread disease like crazy. So the medical profession took to making a perfect pair of scissors for removing sutures.
Diagram showing sutures being removed with curve tipped scissors (source: Nursing textbook)
Diagram showing sutures being removed with curve tipped scissors (source: Nursing textbook)

Some clever so and so thought it would be great to move them to cross stitch, and my word were they right. These scissors have a magic tip to them, curving inwards so you can capture a single stitch and snip it without pulling.
lift-n-snip-scissors with close up (source: amazon)
lift-n-snip-scissors with close up (source: amazon)

I won’t link directly to anyone in particular (it looks like there aren’t in mainstream cross stitch stores yet), however, if you want to pick up a pair yourself, look online for Snip-A-Stitch, Lift-N-Snip or (if you want the medical ones) Littauer stitch scissors. Trust me, these are the new best thing in cross stitch.

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  1. Pam Willingham

    Dear Lord, I needed this post! I’ve been cross stitching since 1985 and have a beautiful pair of these scissors which were marketed just for cross stitch back in that time. Decades of use wore them out a few years ago and they can’t be sharpened properly because of the little curved point on the end. I’ve bought a few look alike since then and they just aren’t as pointed or as sharp as the originals. So buyer beware!

    Thanks to your post, I’ve just purchased the Littauer. In the pics at least, it looks very much like my old pair and I can’t wait for them to arrive.

  2. Elaine Cochrane

    Tempting, tempting. I’ve been using dissecting scissors for years as my all-purpose embroidery scissors.