Treasure Chest Thursday: A Stitch in Time

Previously, I wrote about my mother’s sewing basket and how I love to go through it and relive memories associated with some of the items inside. Well, I’ve recently come to possess still another sewing basket, this one once belonging to my Great-Grandmother (CROW) HAYES.

After the passing of Great-Uncle Ben Hayes earlier this year, his sister Ruth was tasked with going through his personal effects. Ben lived in Tennessess and Ruth lives in Arizona. Shortly after she received his possessions and started going through them, I received a call from her.

Ruth informed me that she would be sending me a quantity of scarves and doilies that belonged to my great-grandmother because I would be able to clean, starch, iron and sort them. She asked me to then split them with my sister.

She mentioned in passing that Ben also had a lot of family photographs that needed sorting, but that she intended to send them to one of my aunts to handle that instead. It was all I could do to keep myself from asking for the photos too. I didn’t want to be greedy.

Well, a couple of weeks later, a large box was waiting for me at the post office. When I got it home and started going through the contents, I realized I had a treasure chest indeed. Many of the items are quite stained and since my great-uncle smoked, they all need to be cleaned thoroughly. But the package Ruth sent had much more than doilies and scarves in need of a washing:

My Great-Grandmother's Sewing Basket

Note From Great-Aunt Ruth

The basket held several crocheted doilies, in addition to scarves, hankerchiefs and other items.

Roll of Handmade Lace

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6 thoughts on “Treasure Chest Thursday: A Stitch in Time

  1. Amy Coffin says:

    Wow. What an amazing treasure. I’m blown away by the talent and time put into those doilies.

  2. Barbara says:

    How beautiful, thanks for showing these treasurers.

  3. A pineapple pattern. Beautiful. So nice to see people appreciating talents from the past. I am curious about the roll of handmade lace, it looks like tatting, do you know?

    • baysideresearch says:

      Hi Cheryl! Unfortunately, I’m a lace/tatting newb and have no idea. It looks painstaking though!

  4. What wonderful gifts. I know you will treasure them!! Neat!

    Bill ;-)

  5. Kerry says:

    Those are beautiful! I can’t imagine having the patience (and time) to make something that intricate.

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