Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet - Antique Storage for Knitting Supplies

I have inherited many pieces of antique furniture but this is the first one I've purchased. It's a Martha Washington sewing cabinet that will be perfect for storing all of my knitting supplies! (I already have another grandmother's wooden sewing caddy for those supplies.) 

This particular piece was produced for John Wanamaker department stores. I found a copy of their advertisement offering Martha Washington cabinets for the low price of $12 back in 1914. That's about $286 in today's dollars! 

My cabinet is likely made of mahogany. It may date to the late 1800s as it has irregularly sized (handmade) dovetails. 

That's about all I was able to learn in my initial search. If you know anything else about this piece, I'd love to learn more! In the meantime, I plan on applying some beeswax polish and looking for some matching knobs to replace the broken ones.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

100% Cotton Wash Cloths

Sometimes I get a little tired of going around in circles. (Knitting, that is... all of our mittens are knitted in the round.)

For the last couple of months, I've been knitting squares instead! Our new washcloth pattern is simple and creates a great texture for cleaning.

100% cotton washcloth

The yarn is 100% cotton. It's an ombre of blues, teals, and green and winds up making an irregular striped pattern on the finished item.

100% cotton washcloths

Use these washcloths on your face, in the kitchen, or for cleaning. The mini size is about 7" by 7" and is versatile enough for just about anything. The texture would probably be great for dusting, too, but I haven't tried that yet!

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crochet Top Hanging Kitchen Towels | Housewarming Gift Ideas

I wanted to write this post about the history of crochet top dish towels. After half an hour spent searching on Google, I couldn't find a single thing about why people started crocheting the tops of their dish towels. There are lots of posts with patterns, and quite a few on the history of embroidered and handmade dish towels, but nothing on why crocheting the tops is so popular.

crochet top hanging kitchen dish towels

Crochet top dish towels are a staple at craft fairs. We often received them as gifts when I was growing up. You can see the appeal: they're a lot harder to lose when they stay attached to the oven door.

hanging kitchen towel

Some people who make these cut the towel in half first, and then crochet the top half of each one. That way they have two to sell or give away, but the down side is that they're thinner.

Our crochet top dish towels are "double thick" which means it's one regular dish towel folded over and then crocheted to hang.

double crochet towel

Here's a sampling of the ones that we have made. There are lots of themes to choose from. See our shop for more.

crochet top towel

black checked towel

wine kitchen decor

apple kitchen decor

Do you know anything about the history of these crafty towels? Let me know!

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