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9 Responses to Aunt Ethel’s Sewing Box

  1. Sarah Reply

    January 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’m thinking it’s a stitch ripper.

  2. ae Reply

    January 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Yeah, I think so, too, except we called it a seam ripper.

  3. Chris Reply

    January 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Ruth, it’s a wooden tatting shuttle, which I suspected, for making lace. If you go to this page:


    and scroll about halfway down the page you will see a picture of a very similar shuttle.
    There’s another picture of a similar shuttle on this tatting blog under the July 30, 2003:


    Happy New Year!

  4. Karen CA Reply

    January 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I wonder if it is a thread winder or used in tatting or something similar. Is it made of wood? Hope you find out … would love to know. Great tin and all the things inside, especially the scissors, green silk thread and tape measure!

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    January 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I took a look at the bottom link Chris provided, and it is indeed a wooden tatting shuttle! I love the blogosphere, you can identify almost anything. 🙂

  6. MiD CeNtury GuY Reply

    January 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Retro Ruth is a hottie!

  7. Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} Reply

    January 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Love this little sewing cookie tin and all it’s little treasures. I have an Aunt Ethel too : )

  8. Andrea Reply

    January 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Nice finds! I too love vintage sewing thread 🙂

  9. Katherine Reply

    November 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Any idea of the age of Aunt Ethel’s tin? I have the exact same tin and would love to know more about it! I know the company was in business from 1937-2008.

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