Thursday, 5 March 2009

Kilt Pins and Ivory Needles

I've been looking through my sewing box recently while doing some embroidery. I thought I'd show you a couple of the things I found in there.

A kilt pin (but no kilt).

A couple of ivory knitting needles.

A little metal needle holder.

A needle manufacturer's needle holder which dispenses various sizes of needle according to which hole you twist the end to.

A double-eyed 'thingy'. Does anyone know what it is for?

A different sort of double eyed thingy - again I don't know it's purpose.

I shall show you some more things from the sewing box another day.


  1. I would guess at drawing wool through garments when stitches have been dropped or suchlike.

  2. I love the sound of your title on this one...don't ask me why, it just made me feel like singing (I know I'm odd...but it's true).

    I've found many wonderous surprises in my mom's sewing treasures...half of what I've found, I know that she didn't use for the intended purpose but for something else.

    Sewing boxes are fun to peek into :o).

  3. Anything that has to do with sewing is foreign to me. The stuff is interesting to look at though and try to guess what its intended use might be.

  4. "A double-eyed 'thingy'. "
    very intriguing...but puzzling I'm afraid I'm totally flummoxed [so no help!]but curious!
    I wonder if anyone knows?

  5. The double-eyed needle with both eyes on the same end is something I have in my grandmother's sewing box. It's used for stitching with two different colored threads, yarns or ribbons simultaneously. Since the other end of yours seems dull, I'm guessing it's for yarn.

    The other one I'm not sure about. I know if you are working a serger you need some sort of double-eye needle, but that's all I know.

    That was fun. I'll have to go see what's in my old basket.

  6. Thanks Mary Ellen - that's one solved. And maybe, GB, both solved?

  7. thank you for your comment on my 'age discrimination' blog... i definitely appreciate those that are older and wiser that don't advertise every 5 minutes that they're older and wiser.

    (i really enjoyed reading your words blog...i think today my favorite is 'discombobulate')

  8. Interesting photos and I too, like your title.

    I think those thick needles may be used for stitching upholstery and heavy, loose fabrics?

    I have my mother's tin of sewing stuff and it makes me sad to think how she is past the time of using them.

  9. Hey Scriptor,

    I love the odd things you found! Sadly, I cannot help determine what they are, I cannot sew to save my fave clothes.

    I actually have a question for you. :)

    When I am logged in I can see who follows my blog, but when I am logged out it appears as if no one is following my blog. What is up with that? I figured you might know, since you always have all the dirt on Google.

    Thanks! - and Thanks even if you don't know. ;)

  10. Thanks Lynda - I thought they were a bit short and thick for knitting needles but didn't know much about them.

    Sorry Jen - I haven't a clue. I signed out and it didn't happen to me. Perhaps it is just Google's way of showing we are all unique. ((Or perhaps it's just picking on you, today!)

  11. Isn't it funny how kilt pins end up in sewing boxes - must be a natural attraction!

  12. these look like bodkins!


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