Sewing Box, Christmas Tree Hat and Dramatic Clouds

04 Dec

1   Yesterday’s post about Granny’s tablecloth brought some interesting comments, particularly telling me that it wasn’t tatting around the edge but Filet Crochet. This took me to Granny’s beautiful old sewing box to look more closely at the very fine metal crochet hooks which I think may have been used for this delicate work. I don’t know what each item in the box is used for so if you do, please tell me!

The lid from Granny's sewing box

Inside the lid of Granny’s sewing box

Sewing box lid with Granny's initial, T,  embossed in gold

Sewing box lid with Granny’s initial, T, embossed in gold

Close ups of nos 5 and 7, tiny crochet hooks

Close ups of nos 5 and 7, tiny crochet hooks


2   The Christmas Tree hat arrived safely and was immediately worn by T. Her Dad did a fine job of trying to capture her image for me!

T putting on her new hat

T putting on her new hat

T wearing her Christmas Tree hat

T wearing her Christmas Tree hat

T pleased with her new hat

T pleased with her new hat

3    It’s been a dramatic weather day with squalls of hailstones followed by sunshine. I love the drama of this sky behind our house.

Drama in the sky


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22 responses to “Sewing Box, Christmas Tree Hat and Dramatic Clouds

  1. Dilip

    December 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Little T is adorable. And the drama in the sky lovely capture.
    Thanks & regards.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you for popping in and commenting. All the best to you 🙂

  2. flowerpot

    December 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Trust Shelagh to put you right! xxx

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

      I was very pleased to have her comments -she knows a lots about the crochet tools!

  3. Hudson Howl

    December 5, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Being Canadian we tend to think of ourselves as chapeau connoisseurs when it comes to winter gear; that is one fine touque an gran T makes even more so.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Thank you! I am rather pleased with how it worked out! 🙂

  4. petit4chocolatier

    December 5, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Excellent post! Love the sewing kit and that hat!! Adorable : )

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I’m pleased you liked all today’s things, especially T in her hat! 🙂

  5. Shelagh

    December 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The pointy tools are called stilettos, and I think the ivory tool third from the top might be a kind of bodkin. I looked in my little antique leather zippered sewing case and there is a much plainer one in it. I bought it in Wiltshire I believe, in the 70s. This was fun!

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thank you so much Shelagh! Indeed it has been fun and I now what know what these items are. I’m still not sure about the 4th from the top as it is hollow at the wider end … Any thoughts on that one? 🙂

      • Shelagh

        December 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

        A Puzzlement that one! More Googling required. I am thinking those very fine hooks might be Tambour Hooks.

  6. Kathleen Richardson

    December 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    The hat was a success and T looks so cute in it! We’re having a break in the fall weather here in western New York state. 72-degrees today. Predicted for the 30s tomorrow.

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

      From 72 to 30! That’s some jump in temperature! Hope you enjoyed your warm day and hope the cold ones are bright. I love cold bright days. 🙂

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    December 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Awww T looks like such a cutie my friend, the hat is perfect on her :))

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. hjbryant

    December 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    As Shelagh has already said the latched hooks are for rug making and the oval ivory gizmo is a tatting shuttle – no idea about the third one down though – never seen one before – how lovely that you have them all together – I have many of my Gran’s sewing bits and bobs, including masses of very fine beige yarn for darning stockings ( and spare suspenders and corset laces!)

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you! The 3rd one down is broken at the left as you look at it. Would that help?
      Isn’t it lovely to think we are handling/using things that have been being used for about a hundred years! Granny was born in 1888.
      I have lots of the stocking darning yarn too and no idea of what to do with it. 🙂

      • Hils Bryant

        December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

        My best guess would be a bodkin of some sort – if the broken end was tapered it might have been to re-thread elastic in the days when knickers had elastic in the top of them. My Gran was born in 1899 and is much missed. She would have loved this blog as she had a marvellous capacity to find beauty and interest in life’s little things.

  9. Shelagh

    December 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    The two long hooks with knobs on are Afghan hooks; 2nd hook from bottom is a latch hook for making rugs; next one up is for another kind of tool for rug hooking with yarn, you thread a strand thru the eye, pull up loops from a strand held under the canvas with the hook, then pull the strand thru them; two hole punches; a very nice little tatting shuttle; some more unidentifiable tools (I have one of those things third down from the top, can’t remember what it is for right now). A Veritable Treasure, Sally!!

    • mybeautfulthings

      December 4, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you! That’s fabulous. I had thought it might be you who would be able to identify them. 5 and 7 up from the bottom are the very tiny crochet hooks but the hooks are so small they don’t show. I’ll add another photo of the hooks to try to show you. 🙂

  10. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    December 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    1. aren’t some of those things used for toasting marshmallows?
    2. cute as cute can be, and the hat it nice too
    3. looks like our weather today


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