Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Avery Butterfly Needlebook Holder Anniversary Gift

Valentines' Day was my husband's and my 40th wedding anniversary. Look what he got me! An Avery Butterfly Needlepack Holder 1880s, photographed with a quarter in Northern Virginia's recent record-breaking snow:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sewing Machine Stitchery Samples --- Actual & Facsimile

I am searching for sewing machine stitchery samples, actual or facsimile, and information on them. So far I have found actual stitch samples on miniature (2.5" - almost 5") aprons (which are marked that they were made on the advertised sewing machine), trade cards with actual embroidery on the card done on the advertised sewing machine, and trade cards and advertising flyers with copies/facsimiles of the sewing machine's stitchery. for some examples see Iantiqueonline Sewing Machine Stitchery Samples
If you know anything about these or have any to sell I would be very interested in hearing from you.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bundles For Britain

More goodies on desplay. Bundles for Britain was an American campaign started when Winston Churchill petitioned the American people to provide warm cloths for the British Military. Eleanore Roosevelt supported it and contributed her own knitting to the cause. Mrs. Natalie Wales Latham of New York organized Bundles for Britain which grew to provide clothing and other articles to British military, wounded, and displaced people.
Pictured here is the cover of the sheet music, "Pick Up Your Knitting." Bundles for Britain continued as a popular charity until the US entered the war when most knitting/sewing was diverted to our own military. See the following pictures of additional Bundles for Britain knitting campaign items:
iAntiqueOnline Bundles For Britain

On the IAntiqueOnline site are shown Pick Up Your Knitting, The Bundles for Britain Song sheet music, next the address by Winston Churchill within the front cover of the sheet music. Then Vivien Leigh knitting for Britain on the front cover of December 17, 1940 Look magazine, followed by a Bundles for Britain knitting bag with relief agency pins. Lastly are 2 images for the Dionne Quints knitting for Britain, 1 on the October 4, 1941 Liberty magazine and another on a postcard depicting a photo taken in 1938.