|This pin cushion belonged to my Great Grandmother, |
Can any one tell me more about it?
It is interesting to see how traits and traditions continue through several generations of family. Do you have occupations, traditions, interests or similarities that have repeated in several generations?
|My sister & I in dresses that|
our mother made.
The photo may be black and white
but I remember that my sisters
dress was pink while mine was navy blue
I come from a long line of knitters and sewers on several "branches" of the family. We grew up with home made clothes and jumpers (pullovers for American readers). As a young child I really liked my new dresses and clothes. I can remember going to the shop with Mum and picking out fabrics, ribbons and buttons so she could make a new outfit. By the time I was at High School, I was making my own school uniforms. It was great that I had school dresses that fit me perfectly, compared with many of the girls whose uniforms were too big or too small. However, I always wanted a shop bought school jumper rather than the home knitted jumper.
During War Times, knitting for the
soldiers was encouraged.
My mother knitted by hand but she also had (still has) a knitting machine that had belonged to her father, Allan Scott. The knitting machine was purchased by her father in about 1943 after he returned from Active Service in the Middle East. It seems unusual that a man would purchase a knitting machine. Perhaps the knitting was rehabilitation and something to keep my grandfather busy? Maybe it was also a way for him to give something back to the troops?
|1828 Post Office Directory|
My 3X Great Grandfather, Adam Bisset Scott, was a
tailor in Leith, Scotland
My mother made the wedding dresses for two of her daughters. Did she get her sewing talent from one of
her Great Great Grandfathers, who coincidentally
were both tailors?
|Maryborough Hospital Admission Records|
Another 3X Great Grandfather, Samuel Drayton, was also a tailor. However he was from USA.
My Grandmother, Eva Scott, made all the clothes for the "nips". She also knitted. She made some incredible(and well loved)toys for me when I was a child. I wonder what ever happened to them?
|My other Great Grandmother, Mabel Pilgrim (nee Geyer), hired/purchased a Wertheim Sewing Machine in 1905.|
The cost of £11:15 in 1905 would be equivalent to approximately AUD $1600 today.
|Wertheim Sewing Machine Payment Card|
Did you know what this is?
My daughter had no idea.
Today if we have holes in our socks or jumpers,
we tend to throw them out and buy new clothing.
However in times gone past, there was no such
wastage. Clothing would be repaired by darning.
This darning egg belonged to my mother in law,
who was a seamstress.
Somewhere I also have a thimble but can't quite
locate it at present.
Unfortunately neither of my children sew so the tradition of sewers in the family has ceased sadly. Maybe I will have a granddaughter that I can teach to sew.
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So could you pick the connection to this weeks Sepia Saturday picture?
My very first photo is an unusual contraption with wheels, from the past.