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A lovely vintage trio of embroidery book, booklet and transfers, dating from 1930s-1950s.  "Embroidery" by Rosemary Brinley is a Foyles handbook, published 1952 and is in good condition for age.  A guide to stitching, design and projects. Illustrated and comprehensive. "Embroidery Stitches" by Dorothy Allsopp, is a 12 page booklet produced by the Needlework Development scheme, beautifully illustrated throughout with guides to various embroidery stitches.  There is also a bag full of vintage embroidery transfers all dating from 1930s with designs ranging from crinoline ladies, flowers, Dutch scenes and more florals, all in good condition.

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A rare opportunity to purchase an original copy of "Make Do and Mend" the booklet prepared for The Board of Trade by The Ministry of Information in 1943 as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse, in good condition too. Some light foxing to covers due to age.  With tips on making clothes last longer, washing and ironing hints, darning, turning out and renovating, unpicking and knitting again. The original guide thriftiness and resourcefulness.  Comes with two packets of vintage needles to get you started.

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Six complete cards and one box of vintage buttons  and all are in good condition.  Two of the cards are "Diamond washing buttons" white linen covered buttons, one is an ivy shaped card with linen buttons, another is linen finish buttons, "All-Rubber button", a box of Dainite rubber buttons and the other is 1940s card of Premier white plastic buttons. Perfect for vintage button, sewing collection or for use in dressmaking etc.

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Very pretty vintage woven name tape on original card.  The letter "B", in red, lots of tape remaining, in  fact it might not have been used at all.  Produced by the Coventry Frilings Co.  Some wear to box edges due to age, tape is in good condition.  Lovely graphics, beautiful little display item or for use in crafting or sewing projects.

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Assorted vintage embroidery transfers and some threads too.  20 skeins of anchor embroidery threads in various pretty colours, perfect for working on the transfers.  Various transfers including crinoline ladies, puppies and plenty of florals too.

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A rare opportunity to purchase an original copy of "Make Do and Mend" the booklet prepared for The Board of Trade by The Ministry of Information in 1943 as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse.  There is some wear to cover of booklet, internally contents tight and bright. Alongside this is a vintage floral chocolate box full of vintage sewing ephemera - skeins of mending wool, packet of mangle proof rubber buttons, needles, 1940s mending threads on cards, tape measure, hosiery mending silks, knicker elastic, fasteners and bias binding. Wonderful collection of sewing ephemera.

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Vintage 1940s 1950s blue bakelite wool holder produced by NB ware.  Distinctive beehive shape with original yellow plastic handle too.  The wool holder was designed to prevent wool tangles and ease knitting.  The base unscrews and also have knitting needle size gauges.  In good condition for age.  Very collectable!

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Vintage embroidery transfer produced by Briggs with original leaflet with instructions.  Peacock panel is a large transfer measuring approx 17" x 17" - suitable for cushion, fire-screen or wall-panel or throw.  It comes with three peacock transfers so a group of cushions, a muster of peacocks,  could be made along with some embroidery threads which should get you going.  Threads are not vintage and are lovely suitable colours.

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Beautiful piece of vintage barkcloth floral fabric.  Lovely denim blue background with florals with touches of turquoise amongst them.  In good condition for age. Two selvedge edges with words '"Davenport" in guaranteed vat colours" on them.  Measures approx 74cm long x 120cm wide.  Perfect for cushion cover, bag, lampshade etc.

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Lovely vintage card of 1940s buttons, probably French. Beautiful image on card, in overall good condition for age. Small nick to top of one side of card.  Complete set of buttons.  Very attractive display item or addition to collection.

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1940s embroidery set produced by Penelope during WW2 especially for HM Forces.  This floral cut work tray cloth has been part worked in one corner only and comes with original instructions and 1940s handmade thread roll (initialled to one corner) with threads for completing the project.  Hard to find example of vintage needlework and 1940s sewing.

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18 cards of vintage mending threads in a vintage chocolate box.  Pretty pastel shades - pistachio green, soft blues, pale pink, lilac, coral. One of the cards has less on it than the others.  All in a pretty as a picture floral covered chocolate box too!

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Very pretty vintage linen Crinoline Lady tray cloth to embroider.  Produced by Penelope with original label.  Lovely image of crinoline lady dancing with her Prince beneath a chandelier.  There is also a box of 8 skeins of cotton Anchor thread which can be used for the project.  Very pretty colours (one skein does not have label around it).

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Very pretty fabric corsage, hand tied with raffia.  Magenta flowers on green fabric stems bunched together, can either have a pin attached to wear as brooch, added to hat, dress or wrist.  In good condition for age.

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"Modern Knitting Illustrated" by Jane Koster and Margaret Murray, published by Odhams, 1940s.  Another 1940s wartime knitting book in good condition for age.  Lovely vintage patterns for all family members including accessories.  Illustrated throughout and with a strong sense of using every scrap of wool available to avoid waste.  Jabots and jerkins, cardigans and camiknickers, bath mats and bed capes and much more. 

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"Practical Knitting Illustrated - The key to hundreds of garments you can make yourself", by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster, published by Odhams. Lovely vintage 1940s knitting book written during a time of austerity and full of knitting patterns suitable  for the entire family as well as household items too.  Beaded bolero, knitted duck, tea cosies, shetland jumper, beach suit, hot water bottle cover, fully illustrated throughout.  Making the most of odds and ends of wool to avoid waste too.  Lovely vintage designs. In good condition too!

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 1943 Original edition of "Make Do & Mend", produced by the Board Of Trade as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse (in good condition for age), also included is a Clothing Ration book from the 1940s which includes a page of coupons.  Vintage dressmaking leaflet c late1940s/1950s - "ABC Of Dressmaking, Simple Tailoring", produced by Bestway Fashions, leaflet no 326.  24 page leaflet in overall good condition for age, offering tips and advice for making a professional looking and fitted tailored garment.  There is also a vintage plastic needleholder, thimble and a Sylko foldout "The Easy Way To Good Dressmaking".

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"Modern Needlework in 600 Pictures" a 1930s Daily Express publication.  Vintage needlework guide in overall good condition for age.  Small piece of paper loss to front cover, some foxing to front inside endpaper.  Chapters on basic sewing, home dressmaking, lingerie, underwear etc, tailored clothes, renovating your wardrobe, knitting and crochet.  Comes with vintage floral basket needlebook.

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Lovely vintage handmade cushion cover made from hexagonal patches.  Judging from the fabrics this dates from 1940/1950s, a beautiful array of fabrics used, offering a glimpse to some gorgeous fabrics.  There are florals, polka dots, stripes, spots and even some poodles, very pretty colour palette too.  The cushion has been lined and the patches carefully handsewn by the original owner.  It has been freshly washed but there are a couple of small stains due to age which might benefit from a further gentle soak.  Measures approx 40 cm x 39cm, one side has been left open for cushion pad insert (cushion cover only for sale).  This cushion cover offers an opportunity to own both a very decorative piece but a little collection of vintage textiles too. Great fun imagining the garments and furnishings the patches originally came from too!

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Lovely original vintage Art Nouveau Pins tin.  Very pretty design on hinged lid with decorative lillies in all corners.  Embossed design and the word "Pins" against a jade green background.  Hinged lid in tact and working  Some wear to lid and tarnishing to base due to age and use.  Measures approx 8.5cm x 7cm. Lovely addition to vintage sewing collection.

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"Complete Home Knitting Illustrated" published by Odhams, 1946 reprint by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster.  "Published to to help you solve your clothes problems" - at a time when new clothes and coupons were scarce the aim of the book is to help clothing needs during wartime restrictions by making garments from scraps of wool, combining knitting and fabric, making new garments from old, altering the size of garments.  Arrange of vintage 1940s knitting patterns for all the family - dresses, accessories, jumpers, underwear, dealing with felted garments, odds and ends, re-knitting unpicked yarn, what to do with worn gloves and much more.  Great example of the Make Do and Mend spirit of the time.

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Two metres of beautiful vintage barkcloth in lovely Wisteria design.  Yellow wisteria branches against a dove grey background.  Measures approx 60cm wide x 215 cm long.  Ample for a variety of craft fabrics - cushion covers, lampshades, bags etc.  Very pretty indeed.

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Delightful piece of vintage fabric in lovely condition for age.  Beautiful floral design in pretty colours - soft yellows, pinks and green.  Measures approx 87cm wide x 110cm long.  Perfect for cushions, linens, bags, lampshades etc. Gorgeous Spring/Summer fabric.

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A rare opportunity to buy an original 1940s edition of "Sew And Save" by Joanna Chase and sewing ephemera.  The WW2 book was published during a time of rations and when resources were scarced.  This book was intended to offer help and guidance to make clothing coupons go further and offer tips on "Make Do and Mend".  The book is in good condition for age and has chapters on planning your wardrobe, taking care of your clothes, making your own undies, buying materials, how to use and make a pattern, accessories costing next to nothing, new clothes from old, knitting and so much more.  Alongside the book, there is a bakelite darning mushroom and a vintage tin of pins.

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Lovely vintage, c1900s, mitrailleuse Needle Case "Cross Fox" manufactured by Abel Morrall Ltd.  This wonderful metal case is a rare example of mitrailleuse needle cases which resemble the cartridges used in mitrailleuse guns - there are numbers at the top of the barrel which correspond to the five chambers inside which separate the needle sizes.  Turn the top dial, line the arrow up with the number and select the size you require.  The needle is then dispensed from the hole at the top.  The case is without needles.  Great addition to any vintage sewing collection.

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"Embroidery Design" by Vera Willis, published by Methuen, first edition 1931.  Wonderful vintage book in overall good condition for age. Illustrated in black and white throughout.  A guide to stitches, stitch patterns and motifs suggesting colour schemes too.  A useful and instructive addition to a sewing collection.

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Very pretty vintage floral cushion cover to embroider in very good condition for age.  The rayon cushion cover still retains its original label with details of stitches to use on design.  Cover is not supplied with threads and any colour scheme would work well against this neutral background.  The cover measures approx 49.5cm x 51cm. A lovely sewing project.

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Less is certainly more in the case of this lovely little miniature sewing machine. Made by 'Grain' in England this super little hand crank sewing machine was made to last. Cast iron green body with chrome fittings. In good working order with just some slight surface corrosion. Mounted on a solid wooden base with the 'Grain' name plate. Measures 9" long x 6" wide by 9" tall. This item will be sent by courier due to weight.

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"The Pictorial Guide To Modern Home Knitting" by Catherine Franks, published by Odhams Press 1939/1940.   Book is in good condition for age and has numerous black and white photos and diagrams throughout.  Advice and information on how to knit and crochet with patterns for women's, men's and children's items also crochet patterns for household items and clothing. Felt waistcoats with knitted sleeves and ricrac borders, knitting and applied felt decoration, fluffy bolero, crochet tops, peasant waistcoat, swing back coat, and much more. Wonderful vintage patterns and ideas.

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"Vogue's Book Of Smart Dressmaking", published by Conde Nast, 1940.  Wonderful vintage dressmaking guide from Vogue, with helpful hints and advice throughout.  Perfect aid to dressmaking, especially for vintage patterns as lots of advice given for vintage style clothes and techniques.  Fully illustrated throughout and in very good condition for age.  Collectable and rare  vintage step by step guide to dressmaking.

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A gem of a 1940s sewing book - "Daily Express War Time Needlework" with 119 illustrations with hints on household sewing, dressmaking, knitting and crochet.  Published during World War II at a time when resources were scarce and people were being encourage to reuse, repair and recycle as much as possible to cope with the shortages.  This book offers help and advice ranging from basic sewing to dressmaking and making your own patterns, repairing clothes and recycling them to prolong their use eg children's clothes from adult's, re-using old men's shirts for pinafores, household linens, children's clothes etc.  Making blackout curtains, patchwork, rag rugs, knitting in wartime, darning, mending, home furnishings.  A very collectable book in good condition for age.  Comes with a tin containing vintage scissors, plastic thimble, tiny bakelite box containing pins, vintage needles and various cards of vintage mending threads.

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An original handmade 1940s make do and mend sewing bag with contents - 1943 Original edition of "Make Do & Mend", produced by the Board Of Trade as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse (in very good condition for age), "Learn To Sew" (1948 publication in good condition), a vintage tape measure, thimble, green plastic knitting needles and a very pretty green darning mushroom with floral pattern and detachable stem for storing pins and needles etc.  The sewing bag has been made from a piece of embroidered linen with batons to top and lined with a fragment of fabric (this has some staining to it).  There is a small stain to one side of the bag near the top which might come out with some dabbing.  Perfect for storing your vintage sewing bits and bobs or to use as a ragbag.

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A vintage Bluebird toffee tin full of sewing bits and bobs.  Contents include two thimbles and tape measures, tin of vintage Dressmaker's steel pins, floral basket cardboard needlebook, three skeins of mending wool nd one of candlewick cotton, two pairs of knitting needles and two 1940s knitting patterns, assorted vintage embroidery transfers (none of the sheets are complete, they have obviously been used on projects over the years, but there remain florals and letters for adding to linens etc), a wooden darning mushroom, rug tools, mending threads on cards, 12 wooden spools of cotton and linen thread and a pair of scissors.  Wonderful collection of vintage sewing ephemera.

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Lovely vintage beehive bakelite wool holder produced by NB ware for  Paton & Baldwin.  First introduced in 1940s, these wool holders are very popular and extremely collectable.  This one is a lovely shade of duck egg blue and has original plastic blue wrist strap attached.  At the base of the holder there is a gauge for sizing your knitting needles.  Base unscrews for inserting wool.  In overall very good condition for age, free from cracks etc, there is some slight wear to base near join.

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Wonderful selection of  original 1940s wartime newspaper cuttings featuring articles from Mrs Sew and Sew with hints and tips on mending, making do and repair.  Mrs Sew and Sew was a fictional character created by the Board Of Trade in 1940s during WW2 to offer help and advice during time of clothing shortages and rations helping to boost the sense of Make Do and Mend. There is also included here a leaflet from Mrs Sew and Sew with advice on patching sheets and blankets.  From re-knitting items with old wool to darning clothes, "never send a hole to the wash", 'longer life for linen", 'Mitts from bits", darning quiz, making socks and stockings last longer,  smartening up his old flannels,  buttonhole advice, new blouse from old shirt, which stitch to use and never boil woollens - a mountain of advice from Mrs Sew and Sew, offering help on the Home Front.  Very collectable with some mending threads, tape measure and thimble to help you mend.

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Vintage c1930s/1940s mending threads, suitable for hosiery etc.  In very good condition for age.  A pale green plastic thimble to aid those fingers and a vintage canvas tape measure produced by Deans to help with the arithmetic.  All in good condition and collectable too!

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Five vintage Deans tape measures in various colours, pink, yellow, blue, green and white.  Canvas cloth tapes with brass endings, 60 inches in length in good condition for age.  Perfect for crafting, display purposes or repurposing.  Lovely sewing notions and graphics.

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Very pretty vintage card needlebook designed as a basket of flowers.  "Made In Czechoslovakia".  The contents are complete, a variety of needles and needle threader.  In good condition for age.  Lovely addition to a sewing collection or gift.

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Lovely vintage 1920s bag ready to be embroidered with delightful transfer on the front.  Bag comes with an embroidery hoop and some vintage skeins of thread to help.  The bag has a simple opening and fold inside and would very pretty when completed.  It is of a large size measuring approx 47cm x 32cm, intended originally maybe as a music bag for carrying sheet music or for housing sewing or knitting items.  Today it would also make a great handbag.  It is in overall good condition for age, but there is some staining to left side by the foliage (please see photo) which may perhaps disappear on washing but we are loathe to do this now as the transfer would be removed,  a gentle soak after sewing might do the trick... A very unusual and attractive bag.

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Very pretty vintage handmade linen embroidery skeins holder/wrap.  Made from a "Penelope" design, it still retains the pattern details on the inside.  Floral design to front of holder with sections created on the inside for embroidery threads and skeins. In good condition for age.  Pretty and practical too.

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Sweet little floral tin filled with vintage sewing goodies.  Assorted vintage wooden cotton reels, the sweetest needle book resembling a sun hat, hooks and eyes, thimble and a lovely spool of vintage Panda grosgrain ribbon.  All are in vintage condition, not all cotton reels retain their labels.  Lovely collection of sewing ephemera.

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A rare opportunity to purchase an original copy of "Make Do and Mend" the booklet prepared for The Board of Trade by The Ministry of Information in 1943 as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse, in good condition too! Alongside this is a vintage cardboard box from Jones' Sewing Machines containing six cards of vintage mending thread for stockings etc, two vintage packets of needles, delightful 'sunhat' needlebook, a red wooden darning mushroom and two pairs of red plastic knitting needles.

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Lovely Victorian/Edwardian box of Lill Pins produced by Kirby Beard & Co, London.  Wonderful graphics on the lid of this hard to find box of Lill pins, produced for pinning sequins, beads when sewing.  In overall good condition for age, some edge wear to box.  Great addition to vintage sewing condition.

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A rare opportunity to buy an original 1940s edition of "Sew And Save" by Joanna Chase and sewing ephemera.  The WW2 book was published during a time of rations and when resources were scarced.  This book was intended to offer help and guidance to make clothing coupons go further and offer tips on "Make Do and Mend".  The book is in good condition for age and has chapters on planning your wardrobe, taking care of your clothes, making your own undies, buying materials, how to use and make a pattern, accessories costing next to nothing, new clothes from old, knitting and so much more.  Alongside the book, there is a packet of unused "Durex" knitting needles, a card of vintage bias binding, mending threads for lingerie and nylons, 5 vintage wooden cotton reels, a thimble and a very sweet vintage handmade red felt Red Riding Hood needlebook.

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Lovely collection of assorted vintage silk threads in a variety of colours produced by various manufacturers - Perilusta, Imperial Silk etc.  There are 13 in total, three of them still have the original wrapper around them, the others look as if they may have been used but the majority of threads remain.  They are sold in the original little tin in which they were found.

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Very sweet vintage tin full of vintage sewing bits and bobs.  A real mix of goodies - mending and darning threads, vintage knitting needle gauge, needles and pretty handmade floral needlebook, press studs, gorgeous Snowdrop linen buttons, stitch unpicker, thimbles and hooks and eyes.  There is also a very long embroidery transfer suitable for linen borders featuring Acanthus type design. All items included are shown in the photos (Magazine in the background is not included). Lovely collection of sewing ephemera.

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A vintage CWS tin crammed full of sewing bits and bobs c1940s.  The vintage tin measures approx 17cm x 11cm and has a lovely gold background with exotic bird and floral design, it is in very good condition for age c1920s. Inside there are two packets of needles (neither complete with all needles), 4 cards of perilusta mending thread for stockings etc, 4 card spools of mending thread in lingerie shades, 3 spools of Cronit rayon crochet thread (one unopened), 5 spools of rayon thread in stocking shades, a complete strip of wartime fasteners, an incomplete card of buttons, some safety pins and a used clothing ration book (no coupons remaining).  A wonderful collection of sewing ephemera, very much in the "Make Do & Mend" spirit of the time.

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Never judge a book by its cover! Inside an old cardboard box we found a feast of vintage sewing treasure - 1940s Clothing Ration book, spools of silks and rayons, thimbles, hooks and eyes, mending threads, buttons, pretty handmade needlebook and a rose cardboard one too.  There are 12 cardboard spools of vintage silk and rayon in the prettiest colours, a card of mending threads for darning stockings, three part used skeins of embroidery  thread, a part used card of hooks and eyes, a very old tiny box full of Swan Bills hooks and eyes, 4 old plastic coloured thimbles, old Imperial inches tape measure, and the prettiest of tiny handmade Needlebooks with lovely pink embroidered flowers on blue felt.  There are two remaining pages of coupons in the Ration book, the Rose cardboard needlebook is complete. Lovely collectable additions to any vintage sewing display or collection.

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A lovely collection of vintage 1940s mending and darning threads in various colours.  There are 12 in total and 2 part-used 1940s clothes rations books.  Three of the mending threads are rare, unused, Made by Jester and have the words "Make-Do-Mend" on them.  There is also an unused card of mending thread with the logo "Mending Saves Coupon Spending".  The two ration books have one page each of their coupons.  Interesting sewing ephemera, lovely display pieces and collectable too!

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Charming and very pretty handmade sewing box c1930s (instructions for making these seen in many craft books of that time).  The box is covered in lovely floral paper and inside has trims made from vintage paisley eiderdown fabric.  The box is full of embroidery and sewing cotton threads in many shades, a used packet of Lumina electro plated dressmaking pins (some contents remain), a card of lilac mending thread, safety pins, a plastic thimble and two sheets of floral embroidery transfers.  The box is missing its base lining and it would appear that one of its little compartments may be missing.  Measures approx 24cm x 19cm x 8cm.  Very pretty addition to the Sewing Room or shelves.

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Vintage empty Sylko box originally intended for housing cotton threads.  The box has wonderful graphics to front which has some wear to it with the logo 'Sew It With Sylko"  This box would originally have stored spools of dark green cotton thread as there is a label accordingly on one side.  There are some residual sellotape marks to the base of the box.  This would make a perfect display or storage item in a Sewing Room.  Measures approx 21cm x 21cm x 3.5cm.

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A rare opportunity to purchase an original copy of "Make Do and Mend" the booklet prepared for The Board of Trade by The Ministry of Information in 1943 as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse, in good condition too! Alongside this is a vintage tin full of vintage sewing ephemera - wooden darning mushroom, thimble, three cards of darning silks for stockings, vintage packet of bodkins, vintage incomplete packet of needles, buckles, two spools of vintage cotton and numerous spools of vintage sweing silks in a variety of colours.  There is also a Needlewoman & Needleraft magazine, January 1946 with embroidery transfer still attached.

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"MP Handy Guide For Knitting and Crochet", British Made 1930s, produced to help knitters keep track of the pattern they were following.  Allows you to move markers up and down rows to help you work out how many to increase or decrease. The counter encorporates a ruler at the bottom in inches and a knitting needle gauge to one side from size 6 to 12.  Retains original paper instructions on the back of the guide.  The metal gauge has a wonderful copper patina to it in places, we have resisted the urge to polish it! A very collectable piece for the vintage knitter.  Along with this are three various sized stitch holders.

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Lovely vintage knitting or sewing bag c1930s/1940s.  Handmade bag with delightful floral linen fabric in good condition for age with circular metal handles which have also been covered with the same fabric.  A large bag which might have been used for knitting or sewing or even as a 'rag bag' in the 1940s for keeping scraps and pieces of fabrics in for assorted 'make do and mend' projects.  Measures approx 42cm at base x 48cm from top of handle to base.  Lovely vintage item.

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A rare opportunity to purchase an original copy of "Make Do and Mend" the booklet prepared for The Board of Trade by The Ministry of Information in 1943 as part of the war effort to encourage women to recycle, repair and reuse, in good condition too! Alongside this, there is a 1959 edition of the 1941 booklet "Rag-Bag Toys", produced during the war to encourage women to make toys from scraps in the essential rag-bag.  The booklet is not in tiptop condition, the cover has come away from the contents and has been taped together.  However the contents are fine and the patterns are intact and unused,  dolls from old stockings, pigs from old vests, Simple Simon from old knickers (and many other toys, some very non-PC).  Highly collectable.  There is also an economy design from the war for two toys made from scraps (again very collectable) - a horse and a doll.  Unfortunately there is only the complete pattern for the horse, several pieces missing for the doll but these may be possible to be scaled up from the pictures? A Bestway knitting pattern for 3 teacoses from oddments of wool and yarn, each embellished with flowers. A later dating booklet on sewing hints for dressmaking along with a bakelite pinbox in green with pins and needles (slight chip missing from one corner of box). Pink thimble and tape measure, French buttons and hooks and six lovely vintage spools of thread, for of which are variegated.  All come in an old tin (some wear to lid) and a pair of knitting needles to get you started!

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