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String Sewing Basket Circa 1900
Great Grandmother's string sewing basket. A close inspection of the basket shows that it is not wicker, but string that has been treated to provide some sort of stiffening. This basket always fascinated me, and was used by my Grandmother, who said it had been her Mothers. (Hence an approximate date).
The basket contains the essential elements of the 1950s mother – darning wool and darning “mushrooms” and a selection of cotton on wooden spools. At this time sewing in the evenings was a major evening pursuit of mothers and grandmothers, often while listening to the radio. It should be remembered that clothes were in short supply following World War II and there was a lot of work to do making, mending, and adapting clothing to fit members of the family. Apart from sewing most mothers had a comprehensive knitting needle collection and wool collection.

Also included is Great Grandmother's sewing tin. This was “sort of the sewing first aid kit” to be used in emergencies like sewing on buttons at the last minute, or quick repair if a seam came undone.