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Crafts from the past to the present day.




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Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
1057 days ago
 
Remember cotton reels for thread used to be wooden and I used to paint them and make dolls house furniture. The dolls were made from dolly pegs. And often dad hammered pins in top of reel and i made those long Tails with wool wound round the pins and then i coiled the tails to make coasters..great memories in this thread
  
Towst
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Towst
1057 days ago
 
I used to have some little tacks hammered into the top of my cotton reels too and and made coasters I always said I was going to make a mat for the kitchen but they always were coasters LOL My mom used to call it corking, I have since seen plastic versions of the same thing.

I remember plasticine too, I remember it was almost always rock solid until you had spent ages kneeding it to soften it and by the time it was soft we didn't want to play with it anymore 😃

  
maryliz
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maryliz
1055 days ago
 
I remember the cotton reels in wood. In fact I have some of those (in my mothers sewing box when she died)......all kinds of memories in there......like a little mini treasure chest of memories......I may gradually reveal those to you and with a bit of luck with a photo, for now can you guess what some of those little items are? I may ask some of the people around here if they have memories of crafts etc from the past...I know there is a lady in her 90's who may well have stories to tell...shall see in due course and she only lives next door. I know she had an ancestor who was footman to the Queen many years ago and tells some marvellous little stories from time to time,but she is not that well at the moment, so shall not disturb her until she is well enough for visitors. Bet she has some memories of crafts before even my time.......
  
Goose
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Goose
1055 days ago
 
I loved the cotton reels with nails in and made long lengths of French knitting and sewed it together to make blankets for my dolls bed.
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1053 days ago
 
Something else in my mothers sewing box was....a piece of coal......coal? that was an addition to show my daughter when my mother came out to Canada...for a holiday, my daughter was 6 and never seen coal....that piece of coal is still in my sewing box. Nothing to do with crafts or is it? could be the centre piece for something...(just a tiny piece). Must think about that one
  
Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
1053 days ago
 
Coal ! Well that would be an interesting project mary, I have see ornaments chiselied out of coal at mining museums but your piece is to sentimental to risk that task
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1053 days ago
 
Well. Liz, I suppose the coal could be drilled carefully and make it a part of something with dried flowers or something in one of those box frames.....there I go again...have the ideas, and not the energy...

Something else in the box was a tool for rug making not the latch type but has a hole at the base of a tube...My mother used to dye old stockings, cut them into strips thred them through the hole and peg them through hessian (potatoes used to come in hessian sacks, so they were washed and used as the base for mats). she would push the tool through then hold it with her fingers at the back and then pull it through again to the front and I think she looped it somehow...must try that sometime.....if I can find some old stockings...
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1053 days ago
 
Very, very fine crochet hooks and very thin thread........I still have those too....tried them, but my goodness, not good for the eyes....must have taken ages to make fine crochet on those hooks....
  
CarolynF
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CarolynF
1053 days ago
 
I remember French knitting, I don't actually remember doing anything with the lengths of knitting though! I always preferred pompoms 😊. I used to love making things out of felt (still do) - my favourite was a black and yellow felt hen that was stuffed and embroidered, I don't know what happened to it but I was very proud of it, I made it for my Crafts badge at Brownies 😃. And there were many felt tree decorations too that I always insisted were used each year, birds and stockings and snowflakes.
  
maryliz
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maryliz
1052 days ago
 
I remember in war time the Christmas decorations - made out of newspapers no less.......Children would cut strips of paper and colour each side with very poor quality waxy crayons in different colours, then take the strips to make into circles, looping one through another and hey presto eventually these would be strung across the room very carefully by the parents (to avoid them falling into the open fireplace should they fall down they were often only strung up against the walls....I remember one Christmas my younger brother was given a small wooden wheelbarrow made by his godparent from pieces of orange boxes...rough wood sanded down and painted....Mostly leaded paint then....not allowed now...my older brother was give a train with cotton reel funnel and also made out of bits and pieces of wood and painted in various colours available at the time....I had dolls, hand made and several of them all stuffed into a dolls pram (courtesy of my cousin who was several years older than I), It had been re painted...How I loved that dolls pram.

Kites seemed to be the thing that were hand made and flown on the common, where there were no overhead wires for them to catch into.

That's another trip down memory lane.

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