Today's Quilt Historians
Women at Work
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert,
Antique Sewing & Needlework Tools
- Collecting Bone, pg 2
Photos by Gloria Brunning, Needleworker
A close up of one of the pieces.
Other ways to store thread included a
cotton barrel. The barrel had a spindle inside and the thread was wound around
this and the thread was then drawn through a hole in the barrel. Reel holders
came next. These were easier to produce so they were cheaper. Wooden reels took
over the market in approximately the 1820s-30s then these were replaced by
plastic in 1966.
This is a cotton reel for three different
threads and the end screws off to reveal a compartment for needles, combining
the needle case with a cotton reel.
The following picture shows a netting
needle and a bone bodkin.
This is a ribbon threader.
Antique Sewing & Needlework Tools - Collecting Bone, page 3
and pictures Copyright © 2007 by
Gloria Brunning. All rights reserved.
Women (and Men) at Work
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