Sewing Basket ?!

  • Sewing Basket ?!

    Posted by Summerhat-n-Chicks on February 5, 2023 at 2:38 am

    Hey Tag,

    I would really enjoy having a community for all sort of sewing, knitting, etc. (and just about everything having to do with fabric and yarn) ideas, questions and help. It is definitely part of a homesteading life and I know that there are definitely others who would enjoy this group as well. It could also become a great source for ideas for later bartering when the supply chain has collapsed. This community could also include furniture restoration, repurposing and upcycling ideas.

    Everyone else liking the idea, please raise hands. 🙋‍♀️

    Thanks 😉

    Ss6 replied 5 months, 1 week ago 15 Members · 46 Replies
  • 46 Replies
  • BeeBon

    Member
    February 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Heidi at RainCountry does lots of sewing.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 5, 2023 at 11:45 pm

      Yes, and so do others, but I thought, that we could bring it all together in one place and share ideas.

  • Redcap

    Member
    February 6, 2023 at 1:34 am

    I really like this idea. I do a lot of darning and mending and teach hand sewing. I’ve got an article coming out in Homesteaders of America’s spring magazine about hand sewing. It’s such an important skill and a lot of young people just were never taught it. People are going to need to know how to alter hand-me-downs or take care of sturdy but expensive to replace work clothes.

    There are a lot of clothing related historical ways of dressing that are useful, too. From the Dark Ages all the way to the 1920s, most men and women wore linen undergarments to keep outer layers clean from body odors and sweat. A cotton tank top or pullover smells in a day but linen can be worn 3-4 days without being washed. This kept middle layers cleaner with only the undergarments and very outer work layers to be washed more frequently.

    I know we, today, throw everything in a washer, but if you do off-grid laundry, it is a real back saver to wear good linen underclothes or slips. I make mine from thrift store linen dresses and shirts I take apart and sew into undershirts that fit me.

    I definitely agree that sewing will be a desirable barter skill.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 6, 2023 at 1:57 am

      You’re absolutely right about repurposing second hand and , yes, we can learn so much from past ages. I have an old Victorian sewing book and the patterns are so easy anymore can do it. Also, the younger generation doesn’t know how to mend anything especially socks. I remember mending my husband’s socks and everyone thought I was crazy, just waisting time.

      • Redcap

        Member
        February 6, 2023 at 1:59 am

        Same here. Why mend the socks? Just go get more! People ask about all the darning on my sweaters because sometimes I use outrageous colors or designs. Sometimes I use the same color and it just blends in and then they never see the mend. It’s like people never saw that in their whole lives!

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        February 6, 2023 at 2:06 am

        Omg, I have a favorite easy jacket made of wool and every time the thread wares thin on the cuff fold, I just use any thread I get first to mend it, it’s colorful and a touch of unexpected fun. 😃 Anything goes.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 6, 2023 at 2:00 am

      Oh, and please post the article if you can. Would love to read it. 👍

      • Redcap

        Member
        February 6, 2023 at 2:02 am

        Thank you. I don’t think the rights revert to me until the next issue comes out in fall. At least that’s how it usually works with magazine articles. I think it’s their first issue of a new magazine. I’ll find out though.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        February 6, 2023 at 2:07 am

        👍

    • Sensible-Gramma

      Member
      March 13, 2023 at 9:42 pm

      Me!

  • FaintlyArtistic

    Member
    February 7, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    I hand quilt, crochet, mend, embroider and refinish furniture. Would enjoy a group like this.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 8, 2023 at 2:25 pm

      I love restoring/up cycling furniture especially chairs they can be such fun projects.

      👍

  • JesusIsOurSaviour

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    Yes, please! I need to learn! I was never taught. I just turned 25, I’ve tried doing it myself, but never really had the right materials yet. God will provide though, He always has and will. I’m excited to learn whatever I can. Taking lots of physical notes of any survival tactics, because the internet could go tomorrow. (My tip of advice here, take notes!) It just makes sense to know HOW to LIVE. Haha. Crazy to say, but I’m all for it, I would love to learn from any of you what you’ve learned throughout the years of sewing and what materials to get my hands on. Great idea, thank you and hope to see it come to fruition! God bless you all in Jesus’ mighty name! ❤️🙏🌳

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 21, 2023 at 8:18 pm

      Ah, yes, taking your own notes will help you retain info much better.

      I’m sure Tag will have to come to the realization that seeing is part of a homestead live. 🙏

  • PetraTilling

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    What a great idea! I’d like to see something maybe like a “Fiber Forum”. All things fiber related – sewing, fabric, crochet, knitting, quilting, raw wool working, weaving, rug making, embroidery, etc.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      February 23, 2023 at 12:52 am

      Yes, that would be a good title too. 👍

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 23, 2023 at 12:56 am

    Hi Tag, @TagNBee

    not sure if you already saw this request, but we were hoping you can help us out.

    Thanks for all you do !

    • TagNBee

      Community Leader
      February 23, 2023 at 4:11 am

      I saw it. Thank you. Both of us are traveling this week. I added it to the discussion list.

  • 1898_Homestead

    Member
    March 12, 2023 at 7:16 am

    I love this idea. It wouldn’t hurt any of us to find a treadle in good shape.

    I hand sew, make quilts, and want to get back to crochet and knitting.

    • Summerhat-n-Chicks

      Member
      March 13, 2023 at 12:03 am

      Absolutely, but they’re rare. I’m banking on my husband converting my reg sewing machine into a treadle. He literally has a bicycle store in the garage and could use all sort of parts for it. 👍

      • JR2911DonnaW

        Member
        March 13, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        I upholster chairs for a living and would love to have w group started for this kind of stuff. I hand stitch for the company when needed also.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        March 18, 2023 at 3:16 pm

        I love working with chairs, you can be so creative with them. I have so many skeletons in the basement and garage just waiting to be revived. 😆

      • 1898_Homestead

        Member
        April 1, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Not so rare as you you might think. I got mine free off Facebook marketplace. I see them

        Listed all the time.

    • Ss6

      Member
      March 14, 2023 at 2:31 am

      I would love a treadle machine someday! A friend of mine collects vintage machines.

  • msgal

    Member
    March 18, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    🙋‍♀️

  • potpourri_of_life

    Member
    April 28, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    This is what I did for years in my sewing business. From mending, creating, repairing, altering, and so much more. Most of my clients were brides, prom gowns, military along with the custom miniature bridal gowns. Right now I’m enjoying getting caught up on what needs to be done for us, and will use sewing as a battering tool. My massage therapist always offers to trade her service for mine. I think I’m getting the better end of the deal LOL

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 6, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    You know what, I have so much beautiful old literature about sewing and other needle work, but, for the life of me, I don’t remember where I stashed my Victorian book and it makes me frantic. 😟

    I really have to find it

    The Patchwork book is from 1931.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 20, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    @kaypea , I finally took the time and went looking for my Victorian Sewing Book, it is beautifully illustrated and I hope you enjoy the pix.

  • Redcap

    Member
    February 7, 2023 at 1:11 am

    Awesome collection!

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 7, 2023 at 3:00 am

    Yes, thanks

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 20, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    More pictures of the Victorian Sewing book with great ideas we can draw from when zippers and co are unobtainable.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 3:11 am

    You’re welcome. 🙂

  • Redcap

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 3:49 am

    I’ve had a learn to embroider series on my old blog for ages, but have been planning to do a similar hand sewing and mending series. I just need the time to get it done. Then it will just be a free series you can follow along and learn from. I’ll let folks know when it’s done.🙂

  • Ss6

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Im new here but this sounds like a great Idea. I knit, crochet, sew, tat, mend, upholster and have tried my hand at many other types of handiwork. I enjoy all things textile.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Same here, all things fabric , but what is tat? I’ve never heard of it.

  • Ss6

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Tatting is a form of lacemaking using thread and a shuttle or needle to form knots. It is mostly a lost art. This is a freeform insert I made for a dress. I still need to finish off the loose ends and sew it into the dress.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, beautiful !

    This is definitely something for those long winter nights.

  • JesusIsOurSaviour

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Oh, lovely! Well done! I really like this. Thank you for sharing. 😃

  • Annacolvin

    Member
    April 4, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful! My mom learned how to tat from her grandma. My mom’s cousin recently sent me a box of family heirlooms and in it were several prices of tatted edging that great-grandma had made.

  • Ss6

    Member
    February 21, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you both.

  • Ss6

    Member
    April 5, 2023 at 2:21 am

    That’s a treasure!

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    April 28, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Omg, I’m so there with you. Love all the old crafts and would love to have a loom.

  • Ss6

    Member
    April 29, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Me too!

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