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My sewing basket has grown a bit: I have new scissors (even in a nice little leather sheath), and beeswax in a small tin and found some linien thread.

At the last event I was at I found someone who told me needlebinding (a different method than I learned before) and this time it stuck. I picked the project up yesterday and was able to continue. 🙂 With enough time this project will either be a pair of socks or a pair of gloves, but only time can tell at the moment. It will be brightly blue and yellow coloured in any case.

And I finally have a (linen) bag to carry my feast gear around. It’s easier to handle than a basket and enough for one person.

Long term project: period sewing basket

When there was talk about period sewing baskets on the A&S 50 challenge mailing list, I decided that I want one too. This will be a long term project, whenever I find something suitable I will buy it.

Here‘s a helpful link that describes the contents of a period workbox.
And here is the link to the page that gave me the idea.

So here’s a list of what I already have:
– wooden round box to store the stuff (similar to this one)
– period looking pins (mine look similar to these, here‘s a even better picture)
scissors
– a needle (brass, bought at a medieval fair)
– linen thread in white, brown and grey (on modern threadwinders out of pastic or paper)
– beeswax to smooth the thread

What I still need:
– awl
– bodkin
– container for my pins and the needle
– maybe more thread (linen or other fabric?)
– spools to put the thread on (I only have the modern plastic spools that you can buy thread on) or alternatively threadwinders
– probably a thimble, even though I don’t like the ones out of metal or plastic, they are not flexible enough for me
– probably more needles, different sizes if I can get them

And I want to make a small sewing kit like this one, but I’m going to sew it myself instead of buying it from the shop I linked the picture from.

I got wooden thread spools (from my grandmother, so early 20th century) which I could use for transporting thread in better way than modern plastic spools. We will have to see if I’m going to re-wind the thread on the wooden spool if I’m taking my sewing stuff to an event.