Saturday, February 09, 2008

Vintage Sewing Sets for Children

One of the many fields of vintage sewing
collecting is the category of children's sewing.

Some of the items we find are -
Needlework sets
Embroidery sets
Sewing Card Sets
Sewing for Dolls
Millinery Sets for Dolls
Knitting, Crochet and Weaving Sets and
Children's Sewing Books.................etc.

I have a number of different sets and books about which
I will be posting from time to time.

Here are three sets all Made in England.

I have been lucky to find these particular sets
in a reasonable condition with a lot of their
contents still intact. Now, apart from finding
a mint condition, unused set with which to
compare the contents, I can only assume that
these items ARE original to the set.

Miladi Needlework Companion is made by
Berwick Toys - England
This set is numbered 106.
Octagonal in shape, this colourful set has butterflies
and flowers on the lid.

Inside, we find embroidery threads on cards marked
Junior Miss Embroidery Thread
- A Berwick Toy Made in England
(still stapled to the base),
cardboard spools of thread with Miladi
on the ends of the
spools, paper tape measure,
scissors, thimble,
a handkerchief with a transfer of a puppy to
embroider, 1 skein
of embroidery thread, a cloth needlebook,
and a piece for cross stitching.

Below, The Seamstress Needlework Companion
Made in England
Again, this is an octagonal shaped box.
The cover shows a wooded scene with fairies
and toadstools.

Inside, we find - scissors, thimble, paper tape measure,
packet of Peerless Needles, Sewing Thread on card Best
Quality, 2 skeins of Peerless embroidery threads, and
various cardboard spools of embroidery threads.
Shortly after taking this photo I found another two
spools under the insert.

Below, another Miladi Needlework Companion.
This box is hexagonal shaped.
We have a number of little characters and
various sewing items shown on the cover.

Inside this set we find, paper tape measure, scissors, thimble,
various spools of cottons, 2 skeins of embroidery thread,
a packet of Miladi Sewing & Darning Needles,
a card of Miladi Hosiery Mending thread,
and a card of Strutt's Elastic Thread.

There is no date on any of these boxes, but I would say
they are from the 40's - 50's.

If anyone has any information on the Berwick Toy Company,
or knows anything at all about these sewing sets,
I would love to hear from you!



catsmum said...

From the graphics I would've thought that the last 2 were even a bit older - maybe the 30s
Amazing to find them still intact

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

You may be right! I can only say that the fortunate children who owned these sets were extremely careful with their toys whether they are good quality or not.

macati said...

these sewing sets are so cute!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Wonderful old kits! I will have to keep my eyes peeled for these. Do you check on eBay time to time?

Thanks for sharing!!


crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

Hi Macati! I consider myself very lucky to have found these...I will be posting more in future.

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

Hi Becky! I have a lot to thank Ebay Australia we are limited as to what can be found - in the big wide world, there is so much more variety. Keep your eyes peeled for sets in good condition.....and for more posts here in future.

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