Thursday, April 23, 2009

Grannie's buttons and bits

While checking out what everyone else is up to, I noticed Kris has a post about Vintage stitching stuff.So I got out my camera and Grannies collection of buttons that I inherited. I just love all the bits and pieces that were in this collection. I had to ask some older friends what some of these are.
Notice the suspender thingys, there are some old buttons of a railway uniform and some very old Australian Military Force buttons that belong to Great, Great Grandad. I also have this very old (1886) linen covered book called Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont that used to be Grannies. I feel very privileged to be the owner of these things now.
There is a very interesting history on DMC cottons and how the company was formed.

Here is a close up of a couple of pages. This book has everything from plain sewing stitches to very fine embroidery. I'm happy to share any of the information with you.
Hugs, Anna

6 comments:

Sew Useful Designs said...

Oh WOW Anna! What beautiful treasures!

I love the idea that one day (in the very distant future I hope!!!) my grandchildren will be enjoying my stash as much as I have.

There is something about old books isn't there? The one you have is divine, just look at that embroidery - wow! My grandmother was a great embroiderer, I wasn't interested in sewing when I was younger, but now I wish so much that I had learned from her. Not just to learn her exemplary skills, but also to have had that special time together sharing a passion.

Thanks for sharing!!
Hugs, Vikki :-)

Kerryanne English said...

Very special treasures indeed Anna.
I must check out that button collection next time I am over.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Anna! Thanks for sharing your sewing treasures!! My button collection came with a few of those suspender thingies, too! And that book is GORGEOUS! I love old books and have a bit of a collection of old kids Annuals albums etc, but this one of yours is so special if it belonged to your Grandmother's! You'll have to show us a few more sneak peeks at the illustrations from time to time! Enjoy your treasures and your own stitching! Bear Hugs! KRIS

clare's craftroom said...

What a find you lucky girl . That book is wonderful .

Gail McCormack said...

Anna how lovely!!
I love both the vintage button collection and the vintage book
Some little things you can treasure forever and ever

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Anna, I *love* old books, but especially those that teach old skills and share history! I am quite envious of your embroidery book! LOL!

You do beautiful work. :-)
Hugs
Jenny