Friday, April 8, 2016

The Early Workbasket...Thread Waxers

Welcome dear friends...hope all is well with you!

I'm still waiting for spring, 
lots of cold, windy, blustery days
here in Wisconsin...I will not
give up hope!

It's been a very busy week here in the Studio,
but I'm happy to say I'm all caught up
on processing & shipping orders!


Now it's Friday and time to wrap up the week...
Today's topic is one of my favorites...Thread Waxers!

Antique thread waxers are rare, high priced,
and very sought after by collectors!

Small pieces of the past, so lovely to admire...
Outstanding and breathe taking craftmanship!

I'm so inspired by the attention to detail that went into
 making these beautiful little sewing notions...
I have six thread waxers in my collection 
and each and every one is beautiful in its own way!

This sweet little "Carrot" waxer has
 such a gorgeous Sterling Silver cap... 
At one time this might have hung from a "Chatelaine".

A Chatelaine was a collection of small tools, 
worn suspended by a clip from a belt around the waist.  

Fruits were a popular choice for waxers...
This "Red Raspberry" is in wonderful condition with 
no signs that a thread was ever drawn across it!

Perhaps, the original owner thought it was to lovely to 
use because of the extra special cap...
Fitted with a Sterling Silver Button style cap
with the scene of Aesop's fable. 

Strawberries, the most common...
The silk tassel is worn and tattered from age, 
but the strawberry is in great condition!

I just adore the splendid caps the were attached...
So realistic with all the attention to detail!

This tiny little tomato only measures 1" in diameter...
It was well used with lots of thread lines on the underside.

It just amazes me how well preserved these
thread waxers are considering their age...
Sweet little fruits...frozen in time!

Shaker sewing basket waxer...
This wee little waxer is only .5" in diameter.

There are remnants of the pink ribbon that originally
held this to the side of a Shaker sewing basket.

This last one is my personal favorite...
A bee skep made of vegetable ivory with the 
waxer in the middle! 

Superb craftsmanship at its best!
I hope you enjoyed today's topic on thread waxers!

Wouldn't it have been fun to live back 
in these early days... 
Young feminine & graceful!


Weekend Soul Food...

"Rejoicing in hope;
patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer"

Romans 12:12...KJV


I started cleaning out my old office in the farmhouse...
I'm going to turn it into a designing library filled
with all my beloved books!

~ Have a wonderful weekend ~
Kindly, Tammy


  1. LOVE that sewing basket too! You have such fun old sewing items. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend and stay warm. Winter is in full force here too. Next week it's expected to be warmer. We'll see.

  2. Interesting! It's the first time I'm hearing about thread waxers. You have a beautiful collection. Thank you for talking about them and making such lovely pictures. Your basket is beautiful too. :-)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I learn so much from your blog posts. What a magnificent collection.
    Not very springlike in northern Ohio, either. They are saying we could get up to 8" of snow. They would be our biggest storm of the

    Hugs :)

  4. This has been a most reluctant spring, but we will surely appreciate it when it finally arrives!

    I did not know there even existed these antique thread waxers! Thanks so much for sharing these treasures - they are beyond beautiful!

    Sigh** I very much wish we could turn back time in many ways. I guess the only thing we can do is to create our own little pocket reminiscent of the past. Our home is a refuge and it certainly seems your home must be as well.

    Have fun designing your studio!!

  5. I love to see your different sewing collections. Your blog posts are so informative. I would love to see pictures of where you display all of your beautiful collections.

  6. Thank you for sharing...I had not heard about them before

  7. What a great collection of waxers!
    The Beeskep is awesome.

  8. And the snow flurries keep coming don't they? What a charming collection you have. Have a productive weekend!

  9. When I let my 2 old english sheep dogs out last night, I couldn't believe how much snow there was on the ground! This morning it looks like my Daffodils are frozen...I guess that's spring in Cedarburg! Love your collection, I have a couple of waxers but the do not have any tops...Your collection is inspiring. Thank you