Thursday, August 18, 2011

I picked up this needlebook over the weekend. It was originally distributed by Viking Sewing Machines. There is no date, but my guess is sometime in the late 50's.  It is in very nice condition. Inside are a few needles and a needle threader. The needles are rusty but the threader is still very shiny and bright.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My newest obsession

I seen matchbooks in all the antique stores but until today I never gave them a second glance.  The basket was just sitting there so I grabbed a hand full and looked at the them. Wow! They were great! I kept finding more and more.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Merry Christmas

I enjoy all kinds of hand work including needlepoint. A few years ago I took classes in needlepoint and renewed my love of this craft. I can't believe how many stitches you can use on one canvas! And oh the fibers!! One of my favorites is silk in almost any form. I used a lot of silk in this piece. The center is stitched in basketweave, still on of my favorite stitches, and the stripes worked in various stitches. The metallic gold is a chain stitch,  the first time I've worked this on a canvas. I love the old feeling of this piece. I have companion piece that I am working on. I hope to finish it for this Christmas.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Vintage Friday

On Monday I went to a new thrift store with my sister Berda. We found a big bin of patterns. I was able to get 26 vintage patterns from the 1940's to 1960's for less than $4.00 Most were in good condition, some even uncut. However, at this store they marked each pattern with a red grease pencil to indicate the the price code. I tried everything I could think of to get the markings off but nothing worked. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New pouch

I made this pouch today using faux suede I've had for years. I'm not sure what I am going to do with it, however, it would be perfect to keep some of my vintage jewelry in. It worked up fast and easy. I have more fabric so I'm pretty sure I'll make more.