I had some great items for the blog today. A really cool apron pattern (Friends’ surplice apron – makes up beautifully!), nostepinder with an antique example, and how I modified the Friends’ three-piece Ohio dress for a one piece front bodice.
But the camera battery is low, and now gone – so I need to find some new ones. The rechargable refus eto recharde, but they are several (like eight?) years old.
It’s been a day like that – a real “hole in the bucket” day, where I can’t start anything until something else gets finished first.
Okay, I thought, there is one handwork project I can do! Zigzag stitch the edge of the embroidery to keep it from unravelling! You know that while the linen used in many embroidery kits is so gorgeous, it is wicked for unravelling as you work with it. I used to put on masking tape, but I hate the feel of it under my hands.
The machine was set to zigzag, no problem. But htere was no bobbin thread, and no matching spare bobbin; I would have to rewind. But there was so little thread on the spool I doubt if it would be worthwhile, I didn’t ant to rethread the whole machine. Oh, yeah – this isn’t going to be permanent! No one will see it! So I popped in a different coloured bobbin thread and zigged the four sides, landing about four stitches short, because I ran out of top thread. That corner will just have to look out for itself.
As I walked to the post office and the fabric store (more thread and zippers) an older owman stuck her head out the door of a dres shop. “Excuse me, Ma’am!” (Which I am called so rarely I had to check to see if anyone else was around to answer.) “Are you a midwife?” She didn’t look like someone requiring the services of a midwife, but I said, “No, although I’ve delivered a few sheep.” “Are you a nurse?” What the hey is going on in that shop? “No.” She seemed a little flustered. “I was just wondering – it’s your costume.” Oh. White pleated cap, blue dress, black apron. “No, this is because of my religious affiliation.” Oh, of course. Thank you, so sorry…
This is southern Ontario. There are thousands of Amish, Mennonites and Brethren here. some people maybe need to travel a bit. Like to the next county.
If you can’t bear to wait until I can photograph my find, I’ll tell you that a nostepinde is a pointed dowel used to wind yarn into a ball. If you google the word you will get a few leads and phtos. I tis also called a nosse pin, a noste pinne, or a nostie. I use a tapered candle stub when I need to wind a ball.