Thursday, September 21, 2017

What I've been working on

A good friend of mine's daughter is getting married later this year and I wanted to make her a personal gift from me to her, so I have made a small sewing hussif. I have made several of this type of hussif, the first for myself to match my sewing reticule (a class with the late Beverley Sheldrick).

My sewing reticule

My sewing hussif


I made another for a friend's daughter who married a few years ago as a gift. It was something useful (there's always a button needs sewing on even if you don't sew for a hobby) and it had a connection as to how I came to know the bride-I met her mother through sewing and SAGA.


I added items that might be useful-safety pins; snaps;needles

So my latest hussif was for that same reason- I met the brides mother via sewing and SAGA.


This one is waiting to be filled with useful items!
The scissors and needle threaders.
I have also made a couple more, which I gave as Christmas gifts to the mothers of the girls.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Old Irons and Machines

While in New York the other day I spotted a great display in the window of a dry cleaners in Greenwich Village. It was full of old irons and sewing machines!

Sorry about the quality of the photos, but the sun was shining on the windows so it made photos hard to take!

Then across the street was a chocolate shop, selling chocolate in the shape (and sizes) of champagne bottles- what more could a girl want?






Monday, September 11, 2017

More Needles

So, after I blogged about the artistic needle packets so full of information and free offers, I found this little gem at an antique store.

It is metal and opens to reveal the needles.

How cute is this?

Okay I have several other needle cases that are more collectable, but this just took my fancy.

And today we get our needles in a plastic case or tube.

I like the old fashioned way!




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I think I am Psychic!

I was in an antique shop the other day browsing around and found a pile of linens. I do not need any more linens-but you still have to look-right?

I started looking through the box of hankies and found a lovely one with pink embroidery and the initial 'A' on it. There was shadow work, granitos, stem stitch, satin stitch, pin stitch to name a few of the stitches in the design.

I decided to buy it as I know a young lady whose name starts with 'A' who has been dating her boyfriend for sometime and I just thought a wedding may soon be on the cards. I thought the hankie could be her something old.

Well, what do you know, the next day I get a text from her mother telling me she was engaged as of the day before-the day I bought the hankie!

See I am psychic!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A New SAGA Smock Along!

A new SAGA Smock Along is about to start!


This Smock Along is designed and lead by Vaune Pierce and is a bag designed to hold your rotary cutters which has a smocked insert.

The list of supplies to get ready for the first lesson is available on the SAGA Smock Along Facebook page.




I see lots of other uses for this bag such as a cosmetic bag, travel bag, small clutch bag with an added strap.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

An Essential Sewing Tool

So, what tool is the most essential for sewing?

A needle of course!

Do you think of your needle as a sewing tool? If not then you should, as without it there wouldn't be much sewing done! Whether it is a hand or machine needle, both work very hard to help you create your heirloom garments and projects.

So for this blog, I thought I would share some of the vintage needle packets I have acquired through the years. They are so much more interesting than the packets you buy theses days.

                                                 The packets had nice artwork on them.

 Unwrapping the packet was like opening a present- You never know what you will find!


                                                              Love the artwork!

                                       You could save the wrappers to get a free needlecase!

                                          The wrapper was full of information to read!

 Some of the information was on how the needles had been carefully made to make sure it didn't cut your threads!
         Some of the information was advertising for the company's other product-thread.
And may of these vintage needles are still usable today as they have not rusted over the years!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Drinks Anyone?

Need a little refreshment to help keep you cool during the hot summer sewing?

Then try a bottle of Thimble Island beer made by the Thimble Island Brewing Company here in Connecticut!


Or if you prefer wine rather than beer, what about a glass made by Bodkin winery in California?


I am sure there are more examples of drinks with names related to sewing items or terms, but whatever your tipple please remember to be careful when consuming alcohol. Don't drink and drive or operate a sewing machine!

(There is no affiliation between SAGA  or SAGANews and the above mentioned companies).