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This vintage wooden cantilever sewing box (with a collection of threads and other haberdashery bits) is being sold by & in support of one of the charities we feature quite a lot here, Isabel Hospice*.
We’ve had quite a few of these pass through our shop over the years. Sewing has had something of a major renaissance in the past few years. Lots of talented people are even making an indie career out of it, selling on sites such as Etsy, Folksy and Dawanda.
*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.
We bought this lovely vintage shop counter stock display box at auction recently.
The blonde wood is a good colour with gorgeous Perivale Sewing Silks advertising to all sides.
The condition is just how we like it – signs of use from its former life, but not tatty.
It dates from the 1950s and doesn’t require much imagination to re-purpose in the modern home.
It’s a tidy crafter’s dream really, with lots of storage compartments for reels, buttons, thimbles, pins and so on.
It provides that perfect vintage touch to a work space – and it’s one of those pieces that gives a little thrill of pleasure every time you use it!
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Have you been watching the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee? I’m not the greatest of seamstresses, but I’ve been watching avidly!
Since the programme first aired, we’ve noticed a rise in the number of vintage sewing & haberdashery (one of my favourite words!) products we’ve been selling in our shop. One of the most popular items have been vintage wooden sewing boxes. Especially examples like this one currently being sold by & on behalf of British Heart Foundation*.
It’s made of beech or pine with five different cantilevered compartments to store all manner of scissors, pins, threads, bias binding, ric rac (another of my favourite words!) etc.
*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.
We bought this gorgeous little sewing/work box last week.
We often come across this type of concertina box at markets & auctions, but this one had that little bit of extra quality. It dates from the 1950s and has a lovely, rich colour. It’s cute & compact, but there are lots of compartments for small tools, threads & pins. It has little splayed feet and there’s a nicely turned wooden handle and knobs to top & sides. A real sweetie!!
We must have had dozens of vintage sewing boxes in stock over the years and this one has to be one of our favourites. Here’s a little montage of some of the others.
We picked up this vintage sewing box at a market last week. It’s made of wicker with blue plastic lid and weave detailing. We neatened up the interior with some matching floral fabric from the same 1960s era.
These boxes are perfect for sewers & crafters who love a bit of vintage – you’ll never waste hours looking for those elusive needles, threads or pins ever again!
They always prove popular in our shop. The little montage above shows a few of the boxes that have recently passed through our hands or we currently have in stock.
Here are a few recent buys – all heading to your local neighbourhood vintage website sometime soon!
These pilsner glasses will add a splash of colour to your cocktail cabinet – or kitchen shelves if you prefer.
The fab-tastic long matches for Peter John are straight from 1960s Carnaby Street – very groovy packaging. A humble product, and rare survivors!
Next we have this red electric heater (or “Polykymatic Heat Generator” to be precise). It has a tilting head which fits snugly into the curved arm. It has such a great industrial design look.
Moving on to the two wooden pieces. The first is a rather nice sewing box that we picked up only this morning – it was sitting on the pavement outside a bric-a-brac shop as we drove past. It needs a bit of mild TLC, but it’s a lovely shape and made of solid beech.
The second is the 1960s Danish mirror. It’s got a bit of quality about it too – made of teak, it’s very well constructed and quite an unusual shape.
This crockery was produced by Johnson Brothers in the 1950s. The range is called “Gay Fantasy”. We love the simple stylised leaf design and the classic period colourways.
This large sugar jar is one of two we bought recently. The soft brown sugar has been added to our own collection which sit in a vintage 1950s kitchenette. We bought the kitchenette a few months ago and spent 4 days doing it up. Once we’d finished we didn’t want to part with it. As Adelle is a keen baker, we thought it would make a great baker’s station. It now houses all the different flours, cutters, trays, yeast, dried fruit and sugars. It looks really good – we’ll have to do a quick blog post about it with some photos. We’ll be selling this icing sugar as we’ve already got that one. They were manufactured by Lord Nelson Pottery in the 1970s – and there are four in the set.
Last but not least we have a Cathrineholm enamel coffee pot designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen. The pattern is called “Lotus”. A little known fact is that whilst the pot was indeed designed by Kittelsen, the Lotus pattern was actually designed by Arne Ingemann Clausen. He doesn’t often get the credit!