Yesterday in Bournemouth, it was a whole 5 degrees warmer than it was in Oxford, which when we left, and when we returned, was white with frost and no thaw in between. This morning we had snow, so I'm glad we visited my Nana yesterday. While I was there, I spied her old sewing box in a corner. I remember this box from my childhood when she used to try to teach me how to sew, but in the end I would just watch her sewing curtains or cushion covers or tablecloths or bedspreads, with her beautiful hand operated Singer.
Despite my ancient memories though, I was quite unprepared for what I found in that box! A veritable vintage treasure chest underneath what appeared to be a perfectly modern top tray!
For underneath there were the following things:
These pinking shears were a leaving gift from my Nana's last job back in the early 70's when she retired. She worked in a jewellers shop on Oxford Street in London.
In those days and before, it seems that things really were made to last, and here are the instructions to prove it!
These needles are French. They must be very old as my Nana left France in the Forties soon after the war ended!! Inside the packet were 10 or so perfect needles, no rust, and perfectly sharp.
Inside are a whole range of coloured silk threads for your nylons. My Nana, though living in German occupied Paris during the war, was lucky enough to have nylons because she worked for the American Army.
Inside the mending kit are some perfectly preserved 3 eyed needles (for spring!) and very precise instructions.
There was even 'mending thread' on original cards, and tape measures which really had seen better days, beautiful though they are.
And as my current obsession is embroidery, I took a couple of snaps of just two of her beautiful vintage table cloths for inspiration.
My Nana thought it was most strange that I was photographing her things but try as I might, I just couldn't explain the blog thing to her !