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Antique Sewing & Needlework Tools
- Collecting Bone, pg 3
Text and Photos by Gloria Brunning, Needleworker

This is a tape measure. It is very delicate and has been well used.


Using a similar shape you can get a pincushion and a needle cleaner and sharpener.


The smaller item is the sharpener. It is called an emery cushion. It was important to look after your pins and needles, keeping them sharp and rust free.

These are examples of stilettos one all bone and the other combining bone and steel.

Bone was also used for knitting needles and crochet hooks. It is amazing that anyone could fashion such pieces without snapping them!

Antique Sewing & Needlework Tools - Collecting Bone, page 4

Article text and pictures Copyright 2007 by Gloria Brunning. All rights reserved.


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