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Vintage and Antique Sewing Notions

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Horseshoe Needle Book

Horseshoe & Flowers Needlebook

Such a pretty - and old! - little needlebook. It's covered in pale blue fabric (silk, I believe), embroidered with a horsehoe and roses, and edged in a pretty cream trim which is tied at a bow at the spine.

The interior pages are wool, and the edges have been cut by hand in a rough zig-zag pattern. Inside the cover, a paper lining separates the cover from the pages.

It is showing its age, with staining to the front cover, several tiny holes & fading to the blue fabric covering, some holes & wear to pages.

Please click the small image at left, for a complete view, including the inside.

A unique addition to your collection, for $16.

Arts & Crafts Era Needle Book

Arts and Crafts Era Linen Needlebook

Oh, this is such a special item. It's an arts-and-crafts era needlebook. The cover is made with (I think) linen, and it is stitched around the edge with green thread. Flowers are appliqued to the front. They're green, and embroidered in the same green as the edge, as well as a light orange.

The interior pages are wool, and the edges have been cut by hand in a zig-zag pattern (like pinking, without using shears). This piece came from an estate where we purchased many other 1900s-1920s sewing items. It is in lovely condition and appears unused. Please click the small image at left, for a complete view, including the inside.

A unique addition to your collection, for $30.

Purple Vintage/Antique Pincushion

Purple Chenille Flower Pincushion

Ah, this is the most wonderful pincushion! It is a gorgeous, deeply colored, purple chenille, in the shape of a flower. The bottom of it is a mossy brownish-green velvet. Green and yellow embroidery floss is used, and there is a little loop of green floss so it can be hung.

When I acquired this, it was stuck with a multitude of pins of all types, and I've left them in for you. It measures approximately 3 1/2" inches in diameter, and about 3/4" inch tall.

(Take a look at the little pink floral pin cushion below as well; they came to me together.)

Add this purple pincushon to your collection for only $9.

Clark ONT Thread Box

Clark Thread Company O.N.T. Six Cord Thread Box

This lovely little box, printed in cobalt blue, once held spools of Clark's thread.

Box is intact and shows light wear & soiling. The remnants of a couple old stamps which were at one point stored in the box remain on the side and bottom. Pretty minor. A very cool box to display in your sewing room, or to hold spools of vintage/antique thread. As always, please click the small photo at left for a larger, detailed view.

Just $6.00 for the box.

Antique Pin Wheel - Pin Cushion

Antique Floral Tapestry Pin Wheel or Pin Disk

These little pin wheels (sometimes called pin disks or pin keeps) are very hard to come by these days. This very beautiful one is covered with a different fabric on each side - the first one a dark red and green floral tapestry print, and the flip side an abstract red, black and cream design.

In good condition; the second side shows wear to fabric. Please click the small photo at left for a larger, detailed view.

This pin wheel measures appoximately 2 1/4" inches in diameter, and 1/8" inch thick. There are 23 pins of various sizes inserted in the edge. $30.

Mandan, ND Pin Cushion

Mandan, North Dakota Souvenir Pin Cushion, Thread & Thimble Holder

This rustic souvenir of Mandan, ND serves as a pincushion, and also has spindles to hold a spool of thread and a thimble. It's made of a pie-shaped piece of wood, still with the bark on it.

In very good condition; wood has darkened somewhat and shows light wear. The pincushion has pin holes. A little wear to the gold lettering. Green felt protects the bottom.

Add it to your collection for only $9.

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