Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Old Things Become New Again....

After you "Ohhh and Ahhh" my beautiful golden doodle grand-dog and appreciate my quilting- daughter's newest finish...a Winter Tree Quilt, check out her early birthday present...a gorgeous antique Sewing Table made in 1880!  She is just thrilled with it...

Erin said inside the table there are sewing notions from the 1880...so fun and different...like this pincushion and thread holder, hand carved out of ivory!

 So small and practical...and handy!  Something like this would be easy to make...except for the ivory part! (No animals are being hurt on this blog!)   A dowel, thread and top knot pincushion...done!  Something old is new again!
Does anyone know what these are?
There were three of these spools in the table.  Erin said they are very small...and well worn...Does anyone 'out there in blogland' know what these are or what they are used for?

I love a good mystery...and I love old 'quilty' things!  Makes me wonder who owned this table before Erin....was she a quilter too?  Did she love to sew, crochet, embroider or knit?..Of course, I'm leaning strongly to her being a quilter... 

Erin is thrilled with her table, as she should be!  It is gorgeous!...She is hoping to put all of her hand-work threads and needles in this table, as later this month she is taking a Needle Turn Applique Workshop from Caroline Freidlander!  How lucky is she!!  She has also joined a 'Stitch and B****' group...meeting once a month in their homes, to enjoy some quilty talk and some hand stitching...just like they did in the 1880s!  Yup...somethings NEVER change!  Well.. maybe the name....:o)

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Stitching!~P


  1. What a treasure! I believe the three little "spools" are actually bobbins for making handmade lace. At least that is what they look like to me. Love the pup too! Aren't grandogs wonderful?!

  2. At first I thought they were for tatting, but I think the shape is wrong.

    I also think lace bobbins are a lot longer so you can hold them in your hands

    Good mystery, hope you discover what they are and let us know.

  3. They look like bobbins for something to me...........

  4. Wonderful table and so fun to find treasures inside. No idea, look like some kind of spool bobbin to me.


  5. What a treasure. I think they are bobbins from a spinning wheel.


  6. what a find a lovely old sewing table, sorry cannot help with the bobbin things

  7. Oh! I have one of those carved ivory things and never knew what it was except beautiful!

  8. What a treasure that table is and so many wonderful and interesting things inside. They remind me of bobbins for spinning but I could be wrong (likely am). Handsome grand-dog BTW!