Saturday, June 28, 2014
Strange Inhabitants of the Treadle Machine and a Quiz
On the right, at the top, is a sheep button. Maya and I found it at the fabric store the other day and, although we had no need of a button, thought it was good reference material for sheep-pattern-making. Below the sheep and to the right is a mysterious tool. It came in one of the Singer drawers, and has no discernible purpose. It has a varnished wooden handle with quite a bit of black embroidery thread wrapped around it. It's sort of screwdriver-like, but the metal tip is deeply slotted and has a hole near the end. There's no point on the metal tip. At first I thought it might be a sewing awl, but it's too blunt tipped for that. And how does the string relate to it?
At the bottom is an obviously homemade object, about 2 x 3 inches by maybe 3/4 of an inch thick. It's made of a beat up piece of laminated wood and has 9 holes drilled in it plus one circular mark sort of like the beginning turns of a hand-drill might make. I thought it could be a screwdriver bit holder, but the holes are all the same size. I can't think of a single sewing job that this thing could support. But I'm not a real sewing person, so it's possible that I just don't know enough to recognize this thing. What do YOU think?