Saturday, February 02, 2008

Make a Wish!

How many of you save the wishbone
from the Christmas turkey?
Do you know that you can make
an unusual thimble holder using
a wishbone and crochet cotton?

Victorians had a flair for whimsey!
They often turned unusual objects
into something to delight the eye.
Animal horns and hooves were often
made in pincushions, so using a
wishbone for a thimble holder seemed
perfectly logical - they never threw
away anything!

Below are some samples of thimble holders.

Left - a vintage wishbone thimble holder
Right - a newly made wishbone thimble holder
(this one uses an ordinary sized chicken wishbone
which was a little small).

Below is a vintage wishbone thimble holder
and pincushion.

And another one below here this time
being a lot smaller pincushion than in
the previous photo.

This is a vintage crochet book -
Crocheted Gift Novelties from 1916

And below is a pattern from this book
for you to make your own!
It will be up to you as to what size hook
and crochet thread you use.
Have fun!
(click for larger image)



Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I love these old crocheted pieces!

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

They are lovely! Do you crochet?

keaslingmm said...

Do you have any of the patterns for these? Or could you tell me where I might find one? I would be interested in the pattern for the green sachet heart and thimble holder. My grandmother made one similar to this one for me and I lost it in a move.

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

Hi Keaslingmm!
Please email me directly - click on "view my profile" then under Contact click on "email". I have a vintage pattern for a crocheted pincushion and thimble holder - a little different.

Rose Red Cottage said...

I was just researching a crocheted wishbone I found at an estate sale yesterday. Based on your information, I think it is a wishbone pincushion. I love the examples you have shown here. May I send readers to your site when I blog about my find?

crazyhaberdasher said...

Hi Red Rose Cottage! What a treasure you have found! I would also love to see it.....I will keep an watch on your blog. And of course you can link to my blog.
I just love these special pieces!