Thursday, 3 September 2009

VIntage Thingies 39 - Sewing Table

Welcome to Vintage Thingies Thursday again! Suzanne is hosting at her Coloradolady blog, just click the logo to get there and see all the links.


This week I'll show you something I have loved since childhood, an accordeon-style sewing table.


Each side can be opened wide to have access to the lower drawers. The top ones have lids.

I believe the table belonged to my grandmother, the one who used to crochet fine lace for all her grandchildren's bedsheets. I can imagine her lace threads and patterns here, and darning thread for her stockings, with the wooden darning mushroom. After her, my mother kept her loom notions in it. Today it is filled with my sewing notions, name tags, pearls, embellishments ... It is a lovely thing to have in the living room; I can make many things disappear in the drawers when the living room suddenly needs to look like nobody lives in it.
I believe the table is made in Finland, some time before the war. The design is old and international, and even today I have seen boxes like this in a smaller size for sale in crafty shops.
This was all for this week, now go back to Suzanne to see the other links on her list. Thank you for coming by!

24 comments:

  1. This is so wonderful, love this!!

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  2. This lovely sewing table looks exactly like the little sewing box my grandmother had too. She had it next to here sewing machine and we children loved to open it and search for needles, threads and other little treasures. It is still at my parents home yet (I think I should take it to my home now ;-) ). Up to now I never saw a such a sewing box in form of a table. Thank you for sharing this antique!
    Have a lovely day (here it is raining, a real autumn day),
    Barbara

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  3. This one looks almost exactly as the sewing table I inherited from MY grandmother! I only need to organize it and fasten the feet again...but there are still some of Grandma's old wooden spools of thread, and darning wool, buttons and whatever. I love it!

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  4. What a unique and fantastic piece of furniture. I'm imaging the beautiful crochet lace edging on sheets. You grew up with beautiful things.

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  5. wow that's a real treasure..would love to have a peek inside :)

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  6. I'd love to have one of these. They are so interesting and practical at the same time.

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  7. I would love to have one of those too!

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  8. I have always loved these sewing tables so much! Not only are they great to keep all of your sewing things hidden, but they are a nice looking little piece of furniture! Very well made. Yours has a great history to it. A wonderful family heirloom!
    Happy VTT!

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  9. What a wonderful piece to pass through the family. I'll bet it holds a whole bunch of stuff!

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  10. Hi Ulla!
    I LOVE your sewing table! What a wonderful keepsake of your grandma's and mother's. Not only did you end up with the sewing table but more importantly, you got their love of sewing! How wonderful is that? Have a wonderful day!
    Paulette

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  11. Beautiful! I'd love to find one of those. What a treasure.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  12. What a lovely table, and a treasure that it belonged to your grandmother. I think there was a sewing table similar to this not long ago at a local estate sale, but once I got there the family decided to keep it...I can not say I blame them, but I was sure disappointed. Have a great weekend and a Happy VTT!!

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  13. What a wonderful sewing box and
    family treasure! :)

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  14. Those are so cool on how they open up. Plenty of storage...lucky you!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  15. What a wonderful, vintage sewing table. You have something to really treasure.

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  16. What a wonderful treasure to have. I love the fact that it is now in it's third generation of use. Thanks for sharing your heirloom.

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  17. It's a beautiful sewing box, Ulla! I really like how you can just fold it up and no mess, no fuss!
    Cheers!

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  18. lucky you to have the provenacce rom your family on this sewing box.

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  19. Cute sewing table, Ulla. Funny that you can "hide" things in it to clean up for company. =)

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  20. I remember one of my relatives having a sewing cart like this.

    What a great idea this was!... very
    clever. You have a really wonderful piece to use and enjoy.

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  21. I remember my grandmother having one of these too. I don't know where it is now though which is a shame, I could certainly put it to use.

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  22. That is another gorgeous piece of family history you have shared. The handles are in the style that was popular here in the early 1900s. I love how it is so practical as well as beautiful.

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  23. My German mother-in-law has one like this in Hamburg, where we just visited her> How funny! It is almost exactly the same!

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  24. Now I've found the right VTT post :)

    I love this sewing table...I've always wanted one!...its wonderful that yours is a family heirloom!

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