Zippered Bags by Annette
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New Zippered Bag from Annette, The Queen's Bag. Photos show front and back.
I love the illustrations, the colors and the roses. These two bags are larger than her original ones.
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The Sale has finished.
I have left everything in place so that people can check their packages as the packages arrive but there is nothing more for sale.
Annette's New Zippered Bags
To take full advantage of the patterns in the fabric, Annette's new zippered bags are larger at approximately 10" x 10". As those of you who collect Annette's bags and cards know, the workmanship is simply wonderful! And there is no doubt that the bags will help you keep from losing your supplies. They certainly help me! I identify with pattern and color more than with labels and that's why they help.
Please scroll down to see the Needlework Tools and Thimbles Bag and to read my story about the needlework tools fabric. Tis a fun story!
Above is my bag, with my crooked scissors. Each bag that Annette made has a different cut of my tools. If there is a tool you like best, you could ask if Annette has a bag featuring that tool. I'm sure she will send it to you if she has it.
Pretty Thimbles of the sort on the fabric
This small collection of thimbles bears some resemblance to the sorts of thimbles on the fabric, but they don't translate exactly into design.
Top row: gold KMD Wild Rose thimble,
Silver thimble with a pink guilloche enamel band,
Second row: English gold thimble with turquoises English three color gold thimble with applied flowers,
Third row: German silver with an enamel Greek key design on the band, English gold thimble with corals on the band, American silver with a blue and orange enamel band, American silver with dimensional roses.
Fourth row: American silver with a yellow guilloche enamel band and pink roses.
I gathered together a few of the tools and below is a photo of the less common ones, yes the real tools that I am convinced went into the design of the fabric.
See if you don't agree.
The Back of Annette's bag is the fabric all of thimbles.
I asked Annette to make me a bag out of just the thimbles material and she did.
If you would like one out of just the thimbles material, I'm guessing you could special order it by emailing Annette:
The Story of the Thimbles and Needlework Tools Bag
Annette found a remnant of this fabric from years ago, and it has a story to it. When I first saw it, I thought those are MY TOOLS!
I mean they could be anybody's except that the stiletto on the upper right, the one with the basket of fruit is soooo rare!
It is Dieppe carved ivory and as many collections as I've seen, I've not seen another.
And there are my crooked scissors!
If you didn't make it to pre-Week and are seeing my tools for the first time, here are my descriptions:
1. English Coach Tape MeasureThis is a stamped out gilded metal tape measure in the form of a coach. See the little knob on the top of the coach? This winds a stamped blue cloth tape into the coach. It could be for one of three events:to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, or her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, or for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. I'm inclined to think it is for one of the jubilees, but it is possible that the maker issued it more than once. It isn't at all a rare tape measure, you can find one now and then on eBay, but it also isn't the most common of tape measures. 2. English Crown PincushionThis is stamped gilded metal with a red velvet pincushion, the same age as the coach tape measure and likely made to commemorate one of the three occasions mentioned above. Over the years I've seen fewer of these on eBay than the coaches, but I wouldn't consider it rare. 3. English Silver Swan PincushionRight around 1900 small silver pincushions like the swan proliferated and came in all sorts of realistic and fanciful shapes. I've always loved this little swan because it is so graceful. The pincushion was once red velvet, now long worn and faded, but lucky to remain at all. If you ever find these without their pincushions I always thought of stitching the pincushion on a small count silk gauze. My swan has hallmarks for Birmingham, 1907. 4. American Silver-Handled ScissorsIf you look carefully at these scissors, you will see that they are crooked. That's because they were once broken and re-soldered and the repair wasn't a good one. Scissors like these are likely before World War I and this one is but one style of many produced here in the U.S. Usually the blades are marked 'Germany' or 'made in Germany'. As a rule (but not always) 'Germany is an indication of an earlier pair, 'made in Germany a bit later. Because the blades are German, many people mistake them for German scissors. They are actually only half-German, as the U.S. imported the blades and crafted the handles. I usually think of them as American scissors. One easy indication for judging American silver is the word 'sterling' which is often stamped onto American silver goods. In England, you will find hallmarks telling you the city/town and date. On the continent usually you will find '800' or '925' or '935' indicating the purity of the silver. ('925' indicates that the silver is 925 of 1000, the remainder being an alloy). Our 'sterling' standard is 925. A note: Remember these crooked scissors for they are an important part of the case I'm arguing, one of my important exhibits. 5. American HemmeasureThese clever little hemmeasures are the same age as the scissors, c 1890 onwards until World War 1. At the time I wrote my History of Needlework Tools book, this hemmeasure belonged to Estelle Horowitz and I borrowed it from her for the photo in my book; after her death, her daughter Lisa sold it to me, many thanks, Lisa! These hemmmeasures come with a variety of decorations; this one with a girl in her bonnet is a very unusual one, made by the outstanding American silver company, Unger Bros.. The measure has marks 3" long and is very handy for modern stitchers, ornamental and useful both. Remember this hemmeasure also, for it is a part of my exhibit. 6. Dieppe Ivory StilettoThis stiletto is indeed very rare. In fact, in all my time collecting needlework tools, this is the only one I've seen. The point is steel, the handle carved ivory in the shape of a basket full of fruit. The date is about 1800. I finally got around to asking Carolyn if she has seen another, and she said no, that Dieppe stilettos are usually the ones with covers, the beautifully ornate ones. She thinks it likely that this one was a special order for a needlework box (Palais Royal style) and wouldn't we both have loved to see the whole box. Pay careful attention to this stiletto: spend some time looking at it, for its rarity is at the heart of my argument on Wednesday. 7. American Art Nouveau Silver-handled ScissorsThe ladies on these scissors make them scarcer than the plainer scissors. Yes, I do see them for sale on eBay now and again, but not all that often. In the 17 years I've followed eBay I've probably seen them for sale 2 or 3 times, that's all. They have German blades, American silver handles, c 1890. They've always been among my favorite scissors.