Today I'm truly showing a vintage thingamabob. Its a rotating thread holder and pin cushion with holes for thimbles. The base is cast iron and stamped "The Louise Economy" on the underside. The outside is chrome plated.
The thimble is not vintage (circa 1992) but the threads are and they are Clarks and Star, two longtime companies still in business. The front spool with the blue thread is a Clarks Boilfast I love that name-you could confindently wash anything sewn with that thread.
I've added my Mom's needle book from the l950'sand I thought it fun to show the inside. You can see you used almost all the needles except for one corner which is actually torn off the packet. (It probably got lost in the fondly remembered jumble of Mom's nightstand drawer) The other two needle packs were my Grandfather's. He was a tailor and don't those needle packs look more serious. They're both English needles but I haven't heard of them (Schul-sons, since 1751 and Leo Lammertz, London 1862).
While I would really like to this thingamabob for holding thread when I'm doing hand applique, I've put it on the shelf. Its been well used; the nap is off the velvet (like the bloom off her face), the fabric is splitting (crow's feet showing) and its tilted and a little wobbly. (Sigh) One can sympathize.
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