Last winter I picked up another sewing basket full of goodies at an antique mall in the sticks.
I spotted the basket first, thinking it might be Gullah/South Carolina sweetgrass, then saw it was full of sewing notions, then saw that it was priced something ridiculous like $6, then it was in my hands and going to the cash register.
Some of the contents were lovely – I’m not much for over-the-top femininity, but I love the package designs of the things for “women’s work” of yesteryear.
And there were the usual odd spools of thread, mismatched buttons, bindings and zippers.
I disassembled the contents of this one into its like parts to display the basket elsewhere, so I actually don’t remember what exactly was in this one…
But I’m fairly certain it was in this one (or one of the estate sale cigar boxes I unpacked around the same time) that had a little wrapped bundle of steel boning.
I thought that the wrapper might have been a quilt square for a crown pattern…
…but it ended up being a very sweet scalloped pocket either made for something, or removed from something.
(I don’t know what I’ll do with either yet – I can’t see myself ever using boning, but the pocket will go with my little collection of vintage fabric I’m loath to cut into and/or sew, but it’s mostly scraps anyway so maybe a quilt will come of it one day…)
And the zippers made their way into my stash of packaged zippers…
…and wad of unpicked loose zippers.
I love the old zippers with nods to art deco design, sturdy teeth and strong but faded cotton.
I do re-use the old (used and new) zippers for bags and the very occasional skirt, but I’m doubtful I’ll ever make much of a dent in the small stash – mostly the more delicate garment ones. I’m also on the fence about artistic use of them – like buttons, they can appear very “crafty” – I don’t have a desire to make zipper roses and things. Sometimes they can look interesting as trims and whatnot, but not on bags where they can be grabby or scratchy against a bare forearm.
But first, more research on that basket…