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 3, 2013

Quilter's clamps, sewing tools

This is a beautiful early hand forged set of quilter's clamps.   Ex Collection Felicia Sessums.  Felicia used them clamped on the edge of a mantel or a step back cupboard to hold a garland of bayleaves and little naturals.   These are beautiful clamped on a table edge or in a sewing basket.   Of course they held the four corners of a small quilting frame together.   Rare to find now!  Not to be confused with the later cast type. 
The "C" part is about 2 inches on each one. Fully open, turn screw and all they measure about 3 1/2 inches.  E

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