I know….long time, no writing.
But I have been busy! Im not any kind of expert, but I have been knitting away on dolls, slippers and learning to make socks for christmas.
I will have some dolls to show soon. But I thought I would share my chatelaine with you.
The toddlers kept borrowing all my tools from my sewing bag as as I knit, and chasing them down for needles and scissors and measuring tapes while I had knitting in my hand became taxing.
So I decided to rummage through my supplies to see what I could recycle into a all-in-one tool kit.
Made from a package of keyrings and clips from the craft section at the department store, and some new and vintage odds and ends I had on hand, I came up with something that definitly resmbles an old fashion chatelaine.
I also used a junk jewelery mens chain necklace to add length to some items. And a package of small jewelery rings to hold items onto the clips and chain.
1. I took the metal ends off of a measuing tape and cut it down to 12.5 inches. Reused the metal ends and nailed a hole straight through to add small jewelery rings and clips.
2. A magnify glass from the surplus store
3. A brass key and pendants added to clips from the sale racks in the beading isle at micheals. The key is for fun, and I use the pendants as stitch markers.
4. I cut an older crochet hook shorter and bent it around my jewelry pliers for emergency knitting fixes.
5. A stitch counter
6. a harmony/ maternity bell with an added glass crystal, just because they are beautiful and I dont want to loose them on a normal key chain.
7. An empty seed bead container to hold short darning needles, sewing needles and straight pins.
8. Pair of stork scissors
9. A homemade “strawberry” pin cushion from some vintage fabric
10. My favorite…. A antique 3.5″ safety pin with a vintage wooded bobin for wrapping stray yarn or thread.
No idea why a safety pin was made so big, but I have two of them from my grandmother, so they must have been useful for something!
I would like to add a tatting shuttle to this, but I have to drill a hole through one to do it, and haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Well, wouldn’t you know it of course, baby girl now trys to swipe my chatelain. So I made her her own safe one that she can swipe from my bag without a scolding. Big chunky home made tools and a pair of plastic playing dough scissors to boot!
Now to make her a ball of yarn that can’t be unwound……..