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, March 17, 2013

Blue and White wooden sewing tools

These little sewing helpers held a pincusion on a sewing table. I think they are European but do not know the country. The hand painting surely reminds me of our Holland Delft in the corner cupboard. I have seen them in New England Antiques shows but rarely been able to purchase them as they are always quite dear. Click the photos to see detail. There were other little sewing items made in this genre.   If you have such, email me and share any information or pictures and I will post them here. joneill816@austin.rr.com     These have just been added to the shop blog, to reach  it click the banner for O'Neill's Antiques  in the right hand column. 
Post Script:  Dawn Cook-Ronningen tells us that these clamps are similar to one pictured in the book:
Needlework Tools & Accessories - A Dutch Tradition by Kay Sullivan.
The clamp is pictured on pg 97
Hindelopen, Friesland 19th Century

Collection of the Fries Museum Leeuwarden
   So sure enough they are Dutch like a lot of my 18th century Delft!   e 

Condition: Gorgeous clean little painted treasures in very good condition. One lacked it's pin cusion and I used a piece of natural linen to replace it. That same one has lost a small round mirror which would have been glued to the side.


  1. I don't think I have ever seen any like that, but I will keep my eyes open.


  2. Those are very unique. I have not seen any like these before. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I have one - the round style with the mirror.
    These are really nice condition, and hard to find.


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