Men do cut sheep's wool off with large shears, and send it to the mill.
Atropos is most frequently represented with scales, a sun-dial or a cutting instrument, the "abhorred shears," with which she slits the thin-spun thread of life that has been placed on the spindle by Clotho and drawn off by Lachesis.
Shears come in many sizes and are designed to perform a specific type of cut.
In the case of large and thick cylinders, however, another process of opening the ends is generally employed: an assistant attaches a small lump of hot glass to the domed end, and the heat of this added glass softens the cylinder sufficiently to enable the assistant to cut the end open with a pair of shears; subsequently the open end is spun out to the diameter of the whole as described above.
Unnerved by the idea of being somewhere she clearly didn't belong, she opened drawers until she found a pair of shears.