Hello, hello, hello, to everyone on this fine
Friday in November...just realized it's
Friday the 13th!
As many of you know, I'm very passionate about collecting
antique sewing notions, so the idea popped into
my head to start a weekly Friday segment
featuring all the different goodies that
would have been found in an early
"The Early Workbasket"
Please join me every Friday, to learn the history, terms,
techniques, and lots of examples of the featured
topic of the week.
Today's topic is ~
Winders were made for winding thread around before
reels were invented. They came in a great variety of designs
and materials, in flat shapes with points to wind the thread around.
Snowflake shapes in mother~of~pearl are often found in
old sewing sets and boxes.
Three matching primitive early wooden handmade
winders by J. Henley dated 1902.
Rare, intricately worked bone winder on a handle,
Beautiful Sterling Silver with floral viney design.
Another Sterling Silver winder, from a French sewing box,
Here is a good example of how the thread was wound
around a snowflake shaped winder.
Or, the thread could be wound in a simple fashion.
Delicate mother~of~pearl silk winders from a
Palais Royal Box. Circa 1800
Mother~of~pearl winders for silk thread. These examples show
some of the enormous variety of patterns and designs available
for collecting. Shapes include a Maltese cross, four leaf clover
and star. These are of Chinese origin and are engraved with
figures and scenes. Early 19th century.
These winders are also for silk thread and are made from a
variety of materials. circa 19th century.
Vegetable ivory box with vegetable ivory thread winders.
Ivory fretwork winders are exquisite works of art. One has been
made with initials "LD"worked into the pattern.
Late 18th/early 19th century.
Hope you enjoyed today's topic!
I love the short drive to our neighboring state of
Minnesota, because I get to drive past a farm
the raises ducks and geese...
The water has to be pretty cold this time of year,
but they don't seem to mind!
The rippling reflection on the water made it hard to get
a clear picture.
They look so relaxed and happy in their own little world!
I love the unique floating nesting boxes that this farmer
build for his special flock of friends.
Weekend Soul Food...
"Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye, except ye abide in me."
Enjoy a wonderful weekend!