Monday, January 21, 2008

Vintage Sewing Notions Find & Fun Sites

It all started when I got a newsletter yesterday in my email from Stacy Nash . She has a butterfly thread winder on her site that I admired and then didn't think much about it until later when I was searching for something and stumbled across some other thread winders. Then it hit me! That's that odd thing in my button jar that wasn't really a button.

See it there--the flower shaped thing in the middle. It's made of mother of pearl and the indentions are where the thread is wrapped around. Many years ago the women would buy their threads and then wrap them onto a thread winder like this. What a fun discovery!

The other things in the photo above I'm still trying to find out about. The small square (mop) thing to the left looks like a belt buckle, but is way to small, so I think it may be a square thread ring that would have been sewn into a sewing roll. The 2 round one holed looking buttons are made of bone. I have a bunch of these and still have no clue what they are, but they came to me through a few jars of buttons that I've run across through the years. The key looking thing is a button hole sizer and I only know that, because it says that right on it. I've searched and searched Google, but with no luck at all. Not sure why one would need to size a buttons holes.

I also found some really great sites as I was doing my research and I thought I'd add a few fun sewing images. Feel free to save them to your computer--just please don't copy/paste them from here.

Penelope Primm Antiques &Particulars this site has some really neat scissors and other repros--I must have a black pair of the Wee Bit or Putford scissors! She also has some thread winders, rings, linens and so much more. Be sure to check out her Folkart page and bring your drool rag. It's full of wonderfuls by the Schneemans.

Then I discovered Acme Notions Oh my! I found tons of neat little things I have to have from this site! Make sure to check out each category. While most of this stuff is new there are some really cool things and very inexpensive.

A wonderful English site-- TSG Emporium She has lots of fun stuff--and this is only on one page. I haven't even looked through the rest of the site yet, however I really, really need a pair of those heart handled scissors!
And lastly, but not least is Wm Booth Draper Lots of cool things there as well--some more unique thread winders and bone lucets and all manner of must haves. I still have to search that site over as well.

I hope you'll enjoy these sites as much as I have. I'm off to look through them some more. No sewie shall be left unturned! Happy Stitching!


Donna said...

Thank you for the great links! I have a small collection of antique needlework tools, and I have a confessed addiction to scissors, LOL. The heart scissors were very unusual!

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

Great tour....!
What luck to have those things in a button jar - the buttonhole sizer is very interesting, I haven't seen anything like it except for a buttonhole cutter.

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

Sorry, forgot to suggest that the mop buckle could be for a shoe.

quiltnstitc-carol said...

OMG, I think I have a pearl butterfly winder too in a "bag" and I do mean bag of old crummy buttons. Must go look and will let you know.

Thanks for my "History lesson" today.

Carol in cold cold Tenn.

Ketutar said...

The buttonhole sizer is to help make all the buttonholes the same size.

I had some buckles in my chinese "mary-janes" that looked like that. I was also thinking of embellishment - you know, to gather the dress for example under bust with a "miniature belt" and fasten it with one of these. That's what I would guess.

The bone ones with one hole look like giant sequins... so perhaps they are buttons that are meant to be fastened with a bead?

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and your needlework is beautiful. Thanks for the additional info on the vintage sewing tools. I have several and am working on a cabinet to display them in. Have a good week!
Patti in N.Y.

Anna said...

Those disks with the one hole in them look like buttons meant to be decorated with thread. They are known as "Death head" buttons. I know they existed in the 18th century, although I am not sure if yours are as old. My husband and I are historical reenactors, and he has been practicing winding some to use for his costumes!

Anonymous said...

Mop "Buckle" is just that , a buckle for a cloth belt. Dresses in the '20's and 30's often had a self fabric belt with a rather non-functional buckle. The loose end of the belt was held down with snaps or hook ad eye on the under side!
My grandmothers were still using buckles in the '50's. often covered with the same fabric as the dress. The belts were strictly decorative; waists were controlled with superior corseting.

Sonja said...

Thank you for the spool label.
I will use it for my miniature haberdasery shop.

A big hug from Germany