Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Collectable antique packets of sewing needles

I've often been asked on the website by needle packet collectors if I sell packets of old needles. The answer is, yes I do, but usually at the fairs.
So here today is a collection for all of the needle packet collectors everywhere.
There is one very special one. 
This packet of needles is really unique , so unusual. On one side as can be seen is a post card addressed to G S Edmonstone . Ladies outfitters & Baby linen Establishment, 50 Alfreton Road Nottingham - Agent for Pullars Dye works Perth. Posted Redditch Nov 1883.
It is a one penny needle wrapper made by Wm Allwood and sons. Minerva needle works, Alcester, Redditch.

This packet and the others shown will be listed tomorrow, Wednesday at 7am BST

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Antique lace bobbins at Rag Rescue

Wooden lace bobbins were usually made for a close-grained hardwood, fruitwood being very popular. They would have been turned on a foot operating lathe.

As well as adding colour, the beads keep the bobbin steady against the pillow. The bottom bead is usually larger than the rest. Some of the other beads may be 'square cuts' which were impressed while hot with the side of a file. They are mainly red or white, occasionally dark blue and less frequently turquoise, amber, brown or green.

 Lace bobbin beads are threaded on brass wire although copper was sometimes used. At the end of a bobbin is a small hole through which the spangle is attached. This method of attachment indicates a mid to late 19th century bobbin. Early 19th century bobbins have a wire staple inserted at the base through which the beads hang.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Peter Rabbit saves the week.

It has been rather a mixed week for me.

Tuesday saw me driving through the heavy traffic in Lancaster to visit the hospital for a scan and for the last three days I've spent hours and hours cross checking all of my tax returns ready to take them to the accountant on Monday.
However last week wasn't all that bad as we took our granddaughter Molly to see the Beatrix Potter adventure near Windermere.

Molly was so excited when we got inside. The characters were so life like although larger of course. She ran around from one window to another making the numerous Japanese tourists laugh, especially when she ran in front of their cameras.
There were large exhibits and tiny revolving ones which you had to peep through, it really was so enjoyable.
Molly came away armed with goodies from the shop some to take home with her and others to keep at our house, such as a wonderful new pinny to protect her when she bakes with us.
There was a wonderful little stepped Peter Rabbit garden outside where plants were grown for the cafe. I just had to take the photo below.
Afterwards we found a wonderful picnic place overlooking Windermere.
Windermere is normally VERY crowded at this time of the year BUT not last Wednesday. If you remember it was the England football match and I think everybody apart from the foreign tourists had stayed at home. There couldn't have been more of a perfect day for a visit.
Now it is back to work, snip, snip snip.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Vintage fabrics at Rag Rescue

At Rag Rescue tomorrow

Four scrappy parcels tomorrow. Each scrappy parcel contains 20 pieces of vintage fabrics. These fabrics are the pieces that I couldn't get any squares out of. Recycle, recycle, recycle.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Thursday 17th June listings at RAG RESCUE website

A late 19th century French rosy fabric covered box, an English boxed vintage vanity bag, 3 French cross stitch pattern books, red toile pieces and rosy squares.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Mouth watering vintage goods at Rag Rescue tomorrow

All at RAG RESCUE WEBSITE tomorrow

Top row from left :-
Late 19th century French silk boudoir hanger with embroidered butterflies and roses.
Late 19th century fabric covered box with a design of roses and birds.
English unused boxed dressing table set with pink silk, lace and petit point rose embroidery.
Centre row :-
Vintage yellow and floral needle case in the shape of a hat.
Unused boxed vintage wedding garters with ribbon roses.
plus four more scrappy parcels containing 20 pieces of vintage fabric.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Vintage goods at Rag Rescue tomorrow

Being listed tomorrow at

Oops! made a mistake in my pre-listing as the basket on the bottom left was listed today and will be able to be found in the Vintage goods section. That's what tiredness does for you.

Saturday, 12 June 2010


Just to let you all know that I have re-opened the Rag Rescue shop.

We had two fantastic fairs at Lincoln and Newark and not only sold well but bought extremely well bringing home three banana boxes full of vintage fabrics, vintage trims and vintage goods. Once I have sorted them out and logged them into my system I will begin listing them on the website. This will be a mammoth task as I will have to wash all of the fabrics and iron them, photograph and list them. However I hope to begin listing some of these new items around the middle of next week. I think that I will be working when the football is on and only watch the England matches.

So as not to disappoint my customers all new listings will begin on Monday 14th June with previews of the next days listings seen here on the blog the previous evening.
My thanks go out to everyone who bought from us, customers from as far away as Japan, Australia, Tasmania, USA, Europe and of course the UK. Thank you also for all your kind comments on the loss of Ludo, many tears were shed for such a well loved fair dog.
The good news is that one of my old contacts at the fairs may be able to get us a new rescue dog as her daughter runs a dog rescue sanctuary. So, fingers crossed that at the end of July when we have finished travelling down south to visit my son and attend his 2nd graduation we will have a small addition to the family unit once again, I can't wait.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Vintage haberdashery

Huge three tray haberdashery box.

Have you ever thought of what Haberdashery means?
I found out that in the Middle Ages haberdashery included “daggers, swords, clasps, brooches, stay-laces, Spanish girdles, French cloths, Milan caps, glasses, painted crosses, dials, tables, cards, dolls, puppets, ink-horns, tooth-picks, fine earthen pots, pins and points, hawks’ bells, salt-cellars, spoons, knives, and tin dishes.” 
Today the current meaning of the word according to Wikipedia is a person who sells small articles of sewing, such as buttons ribbons, zippers and other notions. In the USA the word is a term for mens' outfitter.

I also discovered that there was and still is, although with a different aim now, a Haberdasher Company.

"The Company has its roots in a fraternity, a group of people who lived in the same area doing the same sort of work in medieval times and who worshipped at St. Paul's Cathedral. Members were haberdashers by trade. They sold ribbons, beads, purses, gloves, pins, caps and toys and in 1502 were joined by the hatmakers' fraternity. Thereafter there were two types of haberdasher: haberdashers of hats and the original haberdashers of small wares.
By 1650 the population of London had grown to such an extent that it was no longer possible to control the haberdashery trade. This resulted in a change of direction, over a long period, to the Company as it is now, with its emphasis on education and charitable giving."
Taken from the company website at 
So if you have ever wondered why many of us have such an interest in haberdashery it is because it is an inherent part of our culture.