Apr 9, 2011


 I have to apologize for not being able to show any quilting this past week.  I am working on my commission but have found little time to work on things I can show you.  So to make up for it I thought I would share a few things in my antique sewing  notions collection.
Here is an old cottage tape measure.  The tape measure still pulls out and winds back up!

 Bob found this for me just this past year.  It is a sterling silver thimble with turquoise jewels.  One has been lost but it is exquisite never the less!

 Although this is nice and is sterling silver and has the sewers initials on it, the reason I love it is shown in the next photograph.

Curled up inside the thimble, which was still in its original box, was this message:
Johanna Munkwitz My Grandma Sterling thimble Rec'd in 1889!
I Love that history which you rarely get.
I love old sewing objects.  I love to put on the thimbles and wonder where they came from and what the woman who used them was like.  Did she mend old farm clothes or quilt or tat or make lace or embroider?  Perhaps she did it all?  What was her life like and who gave her these thimbles of silver as a gift because she was so good at what she did?
Don't you wonder too?


WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful find and love how she left a note in it, a real treasure filled with memories.


frannie said...

These are delightful artifacts from another time. We have become so much more utilitarian these days...maybe not always a good thing.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Cool stuff! I have an old thimble around somewhere too. I should see if I can find it.

Libby Fife said...

What a great set of notions! I love stuff like this and wonder the same things that you do; what was her life like, etc? I get the same types of feelings when I look at old photographs-I really sort of wonder what happened to the people in them.

Nellie's Needles said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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