Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I like small antiques related to sewing

Saturday we had a pleasant morning at yard sales. Jack bought a dear little Shaker sewing box with some interesting pieces inside. I want someone to tell me what these pieces were for. The three sticks are a bit like lace bobbins? If you know what the little winder is for please comment here and I will post it for others. The box is complete except for the pin cushion. That will be replaced with a poof of early fabric. E


  1. You are correct,the little sticks are diffinately bobbin lace bobbins. I have been bobbin lacing for many years and have collected many antique and new bobbins.
    These are lovely antique (most likely) bobbind for lacing.

  2. What does the inside of the sewing box look like? I'm a sucker for sewing boxes of all kinds, even the 1980 plastic ones, because you never know what you'll find INSIDE. ;-)


  3. Thank you for sharing your pictures, Cheri

  4. Great finds! I once had a big rustic yarn winder. Your little winder is sweet, as well as the sewing box.

  5. Very nice small antiques, great blog


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