Welcome dear friends!
It's just amazing how time flies when you're having fun!
I find myself seeking moments of stillness
just to organize all the ideas flowing
in my head!
Please let me show you what's in today's Early Workbasket...
The incredible working hand!
A raised fist is a symbol of "resistance and unity"...
This sweet little ivory hand with brass hardware is
actually a needlecase.
Early sewing tools were made to serve a purpose...
An Early Workbasket would not have been complete
without an awl/stiletto of some sort.
This one is beautifully hand carved and in mint condition.
So wonderful to hold and wonder what the
original owners name was and what they looked like!
This extended hand has a lot going on...
First off it's proper name is a "Stanhope" needlecase, cira 1860's.
Named after the politician and inventor Lord Charles Stanhope
(1753~1816), who invented a microscopic lens the size of a pinhead.
This needlecase in the shape of a French parasol,
its tip still intact, has a "peep" in the handle which displays
a miniaturize image.
Secondly, on the other end it serves as a crochet hook,
which unscrews to open to the needlecase chamber...
Even though the threading is in worn condition,
it is still in good working condition.
My favorite helping hand is this little brass clamp...
I love using this on a regular basis!
When working on a large sampler,
it works perfectly to hold my rolled linen.
It's truly a one of a kind...I've never seen another one like it!
On the side it has a small ring attached...
Originally, it probably hung from a Chatelaine.
(Chatelaines will be a future topic)
Collecting "hands" has become very popular and because
they are rare...makes them very sought after!
But, not impossible to find... many thanks to Etsy and Ebay!
Looking at this next piece, how old do you think it is?
Beautiful craftsmanship, heavy brass throughout,
including the necklace chain, quality high power magnifying glass,
beautiful cut stones.
Believe it or not...I bought this brand new about five years ago!
I purchased it through one of my favorite mail order
catalogs, "Victorian Trading Company"
Excellent quality reproduction...5 Star Rating!
Hands were a popular theme not only for sewing items...
But, also for practical household items like this bottle opener!
These Hand and Heart openers can be found as
original antiques and also reproduction ones are available.
I love the look of Milk Glass, how about you?
These handy little hands can hold so many different things!
Fairly easy to find when out antiquing,
always available on Etsy and Ebay.
Hope you enjoyed today's topic on "Helping Hands".
Do you have a favorite hand in your collection?
"Happy Hand Hunting"!
"Happy Hand Hunting"!
Please join me next Friday, to see what will be in
The Early Workbasket...
You just never know what I'll randomly pick for a topic!
Do you remember my special little helper that
I shared on Monday's blog?
I didn't know at the time what she was called,
but I received a lovely email from a lady here in
Wisconsin sharing her knowledge of bird watching!
She shared with me how incredibly fortunate I am to have
this little friend...very few in Wisconsin.
She is from northern Wisconsin, were there has been only
one sighting of these adorable critters.
Wow, I had no idea...a Tufted Titmouse!
I bet you thought I forgot about the Valentine's Day
gift giveaway drawing, NOPE...
Just saving the best for last!
Laura T. from Belvidere, Illinois!
Here is a list of my Spring passions ~
~ spring cleaning
~ Lilac bushes blossoming
~ getting outside for long walks
~ spying my 1st Robin of the season
And a big thank you to ALL those who shared
their love for Springtime!
Weekend Soul Food...
Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Yay, Today is Friday, and I would like to thank
you all for being my friends!
Do you need to seek out some moments of stillness to
recharge YOUR creative batteries?
Wishing you all a fun weekend ahead,
This last photo is courtesy of my son Samuel...AWESOME PHOTO!
Back waters on the Mississippi River, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.