Friday, 5 November 2010

Make do and mend

In today's 'disposable' world, the idea of mending has long since disappeared from most people's minds but it's not so long ago that worn clothes would be patched, darned or otherwise mended rather than be thrown away. Unpacking the many boxes and bags that came home with me from Mum's, I found these cards of thread which were used for "reinforcing and mending".

And these which would have been used for mending stockings - can you imagine mending your tights today?

And this unopened pack of needles

Flora MacDonald was a trademark of Abel Morall Ltd (later to become Aero Needles) first registered in 1905. The picture is based on on portrait painted by Allan Ramsay.

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