Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Thread Caddy






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's
and 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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15 comments:

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Love the needle book! The graphics are wonderful!

Susan said...

Wonderful vintage sewing things and to have the history behind them is priceless. Thanks for sharing.

Coloradolady said...

I always love vintage sewing items. This was a showstopper. Great post.

Patty said...

I love vintage sewing items too so this was great. I wish they would make those needlebooks again. The covers are always so cool.

Holy Crappers said...

Great sewing stuff!!!!!

Thanks for sharing :)

peace
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Grandma Faith said...

These precious things take me back to my grandmother's house. She was such a good seamstress. Have a great day!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

Oooooohhhh I love it...it's very special!! I adore all vintage sewing thingies!! xx

Jennifer said...

Wow! I love that pin cushion. I have never found anything like that.

ellen b. said...

These are great. I love the graphics on these old needle paks...

Diane said...

Vintage sewing items have my eyes sparkling with interest! Great needle book. Love the history.

Vintage Mommy said...

very nice thread caddy! I love the vintage pictures, too.

Elizabeth said...

It seems like the thingamabob would be a great tool, I wonder why it went out of fashion. It would be a nice project to make a new one, for someone who was crafty!

Corgidogmama~ said...

Hi Miri,
Your quilting is just lovely. Thanks for visiting my site. Happy blogging!

Rick said...

Just surfing through. I have an appreciation for the art and skill that goes into quiting. I also enjoyed looking at your treasures - am I'm a guy! (As if you couldn't tell that.)

Neabear said...

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