Recently, when I went browsing through an antique shop in Tasmania I came across a treasure trove of old threads.
It got me thinking about the sewing tools that were used by women in days gone by and reminded me of the beautiful sewing box that I had been shown by a friend.
This delightfully, carved, ivory sewing box was given to a family member in the early 1900’s so it is, or is close to, 100 years old.
The carvings were personalised so that each side of the box depicts a story of the recipient’s life.
The tools that are stored inside the box are also amazing, an illustrated needle case & bodkin closure,
and a little container to keep the embroidery thread organised.
Another story about a beautiful sewing tool was shared recently by Deborah of Studio Dragonfly
If, for no other reason, it is worth reading Deborah’s blog to see the beautiful decals that decorate her old treadle.
Modern sewing machines do not have such decorative trims, although you can always add a skin to your modern machine to give it a little jazz up.
See the links for some ideas, or ask at your favourite sewing machine shop.
Today our tools are beautifully practical, but do not necessarily have the same decorative beauty, or personal significance.
Unless, of course you make them yourself.
Here are some great ideas from Tipnut to make a sewing machine cover to brighten your sewing room.
- Sewing Machine Caddy Tutorial (nancysfabrics.info)