There is family history in this photo.
My grandmother had the sole distribution of these little gadgets in the UK after the second world war. They are needle threaders and I associate them with memories of her. Long before I knew what they were, I remember seeing bundles of them around her house.
I confess that I have never used one, even now. My mother came across a last little
box and felt nostalgic. The instructions are in German, English, Italian, French and perhaps a Scandinavian language and Dutch. I can't be sure of the last two. But all bases were covered because if you didn't read any of the above languages, there are pictures as well.
Particularly useful is the plastic spool holder.
One of my favourite lines is instruction #4. "Lift needle and it will be threaded, as if by magic."
If the background looks familiar it is an unfinished quilt top from Lori's quiltalong to make "Cheddar Cheese and Crackers way back in early 2010. Lori gave instructions for a small quilt and I not only increased the size of the block, but also the number of blocks. Not so smart since mine is still waiting to be finished. Anyway, there are now lots of nice versions, finished.
At the recent Pearl Beach craft show there were a few bargains to be had including this book for $1.
The flash has partially obscured the author's name - Beth Gutcheon and the book was reprinted in 1976.
Also at Pearl Beach, I caught sight of an asylum seeker. Knowing Australians don't celebrate Thanksgiving I wonder how far this creature has travelled.
Just joking. Actually, it's a bush turkey and a whole colony has set themselves up at Pearl Beach.
Finally, I know I set the date of the giveaway as this Friday, but as the interest has settled I think it will be OK to announce the winner today. Congratulations JulieQ. I will contact you to get a mailing address. Those who didn't win the Kaye England pattern can buy one from her website kayeengland.com Search under books and DVDs.
I hope you all get in some quality sewing time this week.