Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Sewing Legacy - Tools of the Trade

What is a Sewer without several pairs of scissors, lots of pins, needles and pin cushions?
Then there are thimbles. . . and other tools I'm not quite sure about.  I recognize the tracing wheel with the beautiful wooden handle to the left, but I'm not quite sure what the smaller awl like pieces are picture below?  Perhaps they are for punching holes in leather?

This was Olive Smith's favorite sewing machine.  She would have purchased it brand new, despite the hundreds of hours spent on this machine, it still looks fabulous.  This Singer was manufactured in September of 1956.

I have one which is five years older and it still sews like a dream!
Mrs. Smith liked to use her 401A Singer because it had a variety of stitches.  It was manufactured around 1958.  The cabinet that belongs to this machine is so beautiful!

And last but not least, here are a few of the patterns she used to create clothing for her daughter, Carolyn.  However, like many sewers, Mrs. Smith was able to create using a pattern and her imagination.  Carolyn recalled fondly how she and her mother would go to the department stores and try on clothing.  Carolyn would then tell her Mother, I like the top on that dress and the bottom on that dress, and then her mother would sketch out the dress in her notebook, take it home and create exactly what Carolyn wanted.

Thanks for coming along on this sentimental journey!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Sewing Legacy - Buttonholes, Hats and Knitting - Oh my!

What is a Sewing Legacy without the items created by it's maker?  Olive Smith was well known for her tailoring skills.  One of the most important parts to master in a well tailored suit are the bound buttonholes.  Here are a few of Mrs. Smith's samples:

They are all so perfect!

When I worked in a costume shop for a theater I made the mistake of calling the art of all hat making "Haberdashery."  I was quickly corrected and informed that Haberdashery was the art of making men's clothing, including hats, but that women's hats were made by Milliners. Who knew?! I don't know if most people realize how many talented people it takes to design and create costuming for a theater! But I suppose that is a post for another day.  Mrs. Smith was quite the Milliner!  She created these lovely hats for her daughter, Carolyn.

And if that isn't enough talent for one woman, she was also a very talented knitter and crocheter.

I'm thinking the only time her hands were still was when she was sleeping!
Tomorrow I will share with you one last post showing you her sewing machines, a few beautiful tools and some vintage patterns.

Monday, December 5, 2016

70273 Project

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers has taken on the enormous project of creating an international collaborative art project to commemorate the lives of the 70,273 physically and mentally disable people murdered by the Nazi's in 1940-41, and I feel the need to contribute.

I have made a few blocks using fabric paint, gel plate and a stencil.

These twelve blocks took less than an hour and are just a small contribution toward the blocks needed to complete the project.  By sharing them here on my blog, I'm hoping to draw more attention to the 70,273 Project and encourage others to participate as well.  You can read more about the project and what you can do to contribute by following these links.

What is the 70273 Project?
How to Get Involved

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Still Carving

For Day 2 of Carve December I used a scrap piece of Eco Karve to make this itty bitty design.  
The stamp is a half inch high, and an inch wide.

Next I decided to carve an eye.

And what is one eye with the other?

Maybe she needs a nose next? And then lips?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Sewing Legacy - Buttons

Carolyn sorted some of her Mother's buttons by color to allow me to see what I might be interested in using for a church service project.  I LOVE buttons, and I thought you might like having a look at them too.

And just a few close ups. . .