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Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate

Museum of Appalachia Invites Families to Explore Year-Around

The spectacularly blue October sky stretched high above the green fields and weather-worn barns where people had gathered to celebrate the season.  Music sounded from the stage hung with a red, white and blue flag, as well as from a cantilever barn turned into another stage.  My daughters sought out ice cream and apple cider […]

Continue Reading By on October 20, 2015 in antique, Appalachia, education, families, family, farm

Antique Garden Soil Sifters

Making sifters had been on our to-do list for some time.  When I needed to sift dirt from my compost pile last spring I resorted to repurposing a barbecue implement that was close enough (and shall never again go on the grill). My husband brought home these from his grandfather’s basement this winter, and these antique […]

Continue Reading By on March 4, 2012 in antique, garden

More Treadle-Stitching Homemade Christmas Ornaments

My in-laws will soon receive a handmade set of fabric Christmas ornaments stitched on the Singer Redeye 66 treadle sewing machine.  Once the treadle got into working order and I learned to wind a bobbin, I was ready to sew.  My first ornament was a heart-shaped one decorated with a vintage doll print. Inspiration for […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2011 in antique, craft, frugal, sewing, thrifty, vintage, with our own hands

Box of Layette Memories

The box came tied with twine, decorated with cheery painted sunflowers.  My Aunt Ruby knew how much I would appreciate the little treasures she sent.  It was a box full of layette memories. A faded red-orange floral design had been stitched with row after row of thread to create a bonnet.  White shell buttons fastened the main […]

Continue Reading By on November 3, 2011 in antique, family, sewing, with our own hands

Flour Sack Fabrics

Display at Englewood Textile Museum One of the vignettes at the Textile Museum in Englewood, Tennessee includes this quote, “I washed five feed sacks and made me a bedspread.”  The museum offers gorgeous examples of homemade quilts, coverlets and clothing. Particularly during the Great Depression, resourceful folks could make whatever they needed from simple means stitched […]

Continue Reading By on November 2, 2011 in antique, Great Depression, sewing, textiles, with our own hands

Meet the Treadle Lady

Donna Kohler Photo courtesy: Fresno, California is home to the Treadle Lady, also known as Donna Kohler.  She and her husband share their home with a variety of antique sewing machines, including some rare ones they’ve adopted.  Kolher shares how her dear grandmother taught her to treadle in the 1950s, spending one entire summer with her […]

Continue Reading By on October 7, 2011 in antique, sewing, with our own hands

Steel, Oil and Antique Treadle Restoration

Steel, oil and antique treadle restoration… I most certainly am not a car person.  Yet I feel a kindred spirit now with vintage car junkies.  You know, the ones who will spend hours every weekend rebuilding their dream car from 19-something — whatever that nostalgic year was for them?  Maybe someday the vehicle will actually […]

Continue Reading By on October 6, 2011 in antique, craft, frugal, green, sewing, thrifty, with our own hands