thank you, wikipedia, for the image
The thing that leapt to mind was pinking shears and cutting felt to make pin cushions. The satisfying pull of the fabric through the teeth, and the perfectly little notches. A friend made these little pins at Valentine's Day for sales, and it brought back all the concentration of childhood for me. They are just as lovely as the photo.
thank you, purl bee, for the image.
I suppose I'm primed to return to sewing. I'm returning all my stuff—sewing machine, loom, wheel—this summer, back to the spare room, which will be more cosy, and of course end my list of excuses for not getting down to the studio and working. The studio will be here!