Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Shadow Boxes

Dating back to the Victorian times, the crafting of materials
such as shells, hair, feathers, beads, paper, etc., into
three-dimensional scenes and patterned displays were
placed into boxed frames.

Dollhouses too, held a great fascination for many
Victorians. From dollhouses to roomboxes,
Victorians were keen to collect miniatures to decorate
their tiny rooms.

Dioramas' were a project for many school children.
Larger or life-sized dioramas' that display historic scenes
are to be found in many museums.

Today, shadow boxes could hold themed collections,
treasures, memorabilia/keepsakes,
specimens, medals, and miniatures, etc.

For "vintage sewing" enthusiasts, shadow boxes are
ideal for displaying those small sized sewing items.
Thread spools, laces, buttons, button cards, fasteners,
needle packets, needle books, small tools, etc., all come together
to make a fabulous display.

Some sites that may be of interest -

Karen Silver Bloom

Expert Village


The results of the sewing poll - "Do you use your vintage
sewing items?" , were interesting.
22% used their vintage tools all the time
31% did not use them at all
45% used them sometimes
It all depends on the condition of the tools, due to their age
they may have become too fragile. Needles and pins
may have rusted.
With knitting and crochet, some old plastic
knitting needles can snap with use. Crochet hooks
may have rusted, some may have bent.
Reproduction tools would be most suitable for usage.
Thankyou to all for taking part in this poll.

There will be another poll coming soon.


1 comment:

jane said...

I have run across an old tape measure. One side says
and the other saide has a picture of a man steering a boat in a storm and says RELIABLE across the picture.
Would you like to have it?