Antique Sewing Tools
Thursday September 25 @ 7 pm in the Museum Auditorium
Gretchen Schultz – Collector and former co-owner of The Quilt Foundry in Maumee, Ohio
Gretchen is a collector of antique sewing and quilting tools and ephemera. A former kindergarten teacher, she has taught many quilt and embroidery classes in the past 23 years: applique, piecing, machine and hand quilting, paper piecing, silk ribbon embroidery, and more. She is presently doing commission work, especially for people who would like a quilt made from clothing of a dear person that has passed away. She also does restoration work and quilt appraisals.
Gretchen's presentation will showcase 1700-1800's sewing boxes and etuis, plus tools that include needlecases, stilettos, hemming birds, and tape measures. Having antiqued for over 35 years, she has an extensive collection to share. She will present a short slide presentation and then do a close-up display and discuss her collection with the audience.
Antique sewing tools are valuable collectors’ items, as evidenced by listings on online sites such as eBay
and Collectors’ Weekly. From www.collectorsweekly.com:
“In addition to needle cases, scissors, thimbles, and pin cushions, other sewing tools such as rulers, bodkins, clamps, and thread winders can be highly collectible. The most valuable items in this genre date from the Victorian era, the heyday of sewing. Look for whole sets of items, often boxed in decorative sewing boxes or etui cases, and engraved items, which sometimes bear the name or initials of an affluent seamstress.”
If you have ever found an odd-looking object in your grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s sewing box, this presentation may solve the mystery for you. For anyone who sews, this should be a fascinating exploration
of the history of your craft.