Two posts in one week? I must be feeling a little strange. Actually there is a lot going on at the moment in real life that I can't share yet so I have not really had much time to blog, although I do keep up with a) shopping for all things sewing-related and b) reading all your blogs.
This is a quick post just to share some of the the goodies that I have managed to score in the charity shops of late. Not the vintage homewares, just the sewing stuff. I have been adding to my mid-century tableware collection but you are here for the sewing stuff, right?
Even though they have the Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald on the front this packet of needles was made in England sometime between the late 1880 and 1909 by Abel Morrall Ltd., in the Clive Works, Redditch. There is a really interesting short post on the company here.
The vintage buttons include loads of Bakelite and Art Deco beauties. I honestly have been buying them every week now and now have a button box to rival my Mum. I feel a bit off potentially using such old buttons on new clothes though. Do you ever use stuff as old as they are in your sewing?
I have also picked up some fab fabrics, including a few 2-3 metre lengths of hand blocked silk and batiks. They have all been hand-washed and dried but not ironed so are a bit crinkly.
I also found some wonderful 70's (???) needlecord (the black and russet one). It's not a lot, less than 1 metre, but will be enough for the front of waistcoat. I have a gorgeous 70's St Michael velvet maxi skirt in almost the same design. Just wish that I could still fit into it!
Sprogzilla has got herself a very nice BF. This makes me feel really old. His folks are really lovely and gave me some gorgeous flowers from their farm. Aren't they glorious? They cheered me up no end.
Anyway, No matter where you are this week or what you are doing I am sending you a wish for peace and happiness. Too much sadness and conflict in the world at the moment.
So do you collect vintage sewing notions? A button-a-holic? Would you use your treasures or keep them for posterity?
Until next time,