Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Sewing Box

When I think about what is important to me…those little things in life that may go unnoticed but really are so significant …hand-sewing.
I have found that it is good for you…good for your soul. It brings you away from life’s demands and into a peaceful moment to focus on the task at hand…from these hands.

Many years ago when I moved my studio from my home and into its own space, I found that I didn’t have a needle or thread to be found at home! This was quite a strange feeling since sewing has been so much a part of my life…so along came my little sewing box that I keep at home.

I would like to share with you my sewing box...

My (Mary Englebreit) sturdy hinged box.

Opened- with all my little treasures…

My silk velvet tomato pincushion
and my case for my needles- extra buttons…

My vintage scissor pouch…

This pouch could stand on it’s own for a sewing kit…
in it I have more needles, straight pins,
thread heaven (like bees wax),
my special little pin cushion a gift
from a friend- it was her Mother’s!
And the greatest find-
The Rainbow Threads-a woven group of threads…
it is such a nice way to have any thread
you need by simply pulling out the color you need!

Last but not least,
my special treasure,
a gift from a friend…
my vintage little black cat tape measure!!

Here is a list of things for your sewing box.
You may choose to have all or just what you need…

  • A cool sturdy hinged box
  • Hand-sewing needles: With assorted sizes, you'll be prepared to work on different fabrics. My favorites are Piecemakers brands needles and I love the Sharps which I find are best for most stitching and mending.
  • Needle threader: To use, slip the flexible wire loop through the eye of a hand needle, feed the thread through it, and pull the wire back out, bringing the thread with it.
  • Thimble: I didn’t grow up learning to use a thimble but I know many people who cannot sew with out one!
  • Beeswax or Thread Heaven: A wax coating keeps thread from tangling during hand sewing.
  • Tape measure: I like the soft kind- it rolls up nicely into my box.
  • Assorted color threads
  • Spool of black & white thread
  • Pin cushion: Any one will do- but making it special makes your sewing more special. It is a nice way to splurge without spending a lot of money!
  • Straight pins
  • 1 pair of quality scissor, I usually have two small pairs since this is my at home box, but you may want to have a pair of fabric scissors in your.
  • White buttons: a small supply in various sizes.
  • Seam ripper: I didn’t grow up using this either, I used very small scissors…I think the seam ripper is so easy to use.
  • Safety pins: Store them on one pin so they don't scatter throughout your box.

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