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One book to rule them all

I hate 3 hole binders. full stop. For decades I would use them for different projects and get frustrated with their limitations. Don’t misunderstand me, a standardized multipurpose temporary binder was an ingenious invention and has contributed to advancing civilization to where it is now. they are plentiful, cheap and insanely adaptable to whatever your […]

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Making things I don’t need : a reticule

My New Year’s Resolutions so far are…eat less…and make more. Unfinished projects are piling up around here. I’ve had a lot of vintage items on my to do list for no reason whatsoever, except that I keep finding how to instructions in the 19th century magazines I’ve been reading. After a terrible weekend I decided […]

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Crochet Pouches for every occasion

This crocheted pouch is an example of needlework projects women were supposed to be doing whenever they had down time, cause god forbid they get bored. The ability to add images and engravings to printed magazines mid-19th century, caused a flood and a hunger for needlework, textile and craft projects. This one i found a […]

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Mock Up Carpet Bag

After finding the Humphrey Carpet Bag instructions, I got ambitious to make one. Since 19th century carpet fabric isn’t that easy to find, I figure I will start with just upholstery fabric which is practically everywhere. This started as a zippered throw pillow sham that I picked up at Goodwill. Upholstery fabric most often, rayon […]

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Sexy Singer Treadle beast

Ok let me explain…no there is too much, let me sum up…. you know how a man see’s Vanishing Point and gets a mad passion to own a 71 Dodge Charger?  and then drags one home from the junk yard to sit in the yard…all you see is a rusty lawn ornament and all he […]

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Glove love

It bothered me that when sewing folks show off their historical costumes online they are almost never wearing gloves. So I spent time trying to find instructions on making gloves. Alas there is hardly anything to download. However although Pitman’s Glove Making by Isabel M. Edwards 1934 is out of copyright, I couldn’t find a […]

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Reticule, a ditty bag by any other name

My second iteration of Eliza Leslie’s Travel Reticule. It reminds me very much of something we made back in girl Scouts 45 years ago, basically a ditty bag with pockets inside. From Eliza Leslie’s. The House Book: Or, A Manual of Domestic Economy, Carey & Hart, 1840. “A Traveling Reticule. A reticule for travelling may […]

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