SEW WHAT? Highlights from an ESA member’s collection of domestic tricks of the trade.
Member DP collects many things, like many of us, one part of her collection documents the ephemera of making and repairing clothes, an art not practised as much today. Best guess is that the material comes from the 1940s through to the 60s.
Packaging was practical as well as pretty.
Pretty packaging, unrelated to the chore, seems to be aimed at the very young. The back cover of the needle book shows the brother also at play/work going head to head with the rooster.
Locally made with local conditions in mind? Breezy and sunny according to Coles’ home brand Embassy..
Or better yet ‘Made in England’.
Lost arts, lost words
The art of stopping the fraying of cuffs seems to have died out. And maybe it was never much of an art looking at this rather drably presented new and improved product.
Who knows what a lill is?Checking the dictionaries it seems unlikely that a lill can be boxed, but lills (plural) can be – they are very small pins. This collection is a reminder of many ways in which the world has changed – its an ephemeral record of social history. Thank you DP.
Philip Moorhouse says
i have a box of old knitting pattern books from the 1960s and 1970s (my Mother’s). Is that of interest to you? They are free to a good home.
If so, let me know.
Sorry Philip for slow reply – I am sure they would be of interest and if not the op shop I work at would sell them. So plan would be to offer free to members at fair in May. Does that suit you?