My Great Gramma Sheehan’s sewing box. This box is probably from the 20s; isn’t it fab? I love the pincushion on top and the unique way the spools of thread are secured onto the box. We use this sewing box to this day; quality products do last forever.
I have a few pillowcases that were trimmed with lace made by my Great Gramma Sheehan, as well as some hankies. I’m also lucky enough to have her crochet set and a wonderful thread holder (pictured at left).
I have just a couple of memories of my great-gramma, but she was my mom’s best friend; Gramma Sheehan spent hours with my mom almost every day, playing Canasta and Kings on the Corner, crocheting, pasting Green Stamps into booklets, and generally being a wonderful and loving gramma. My mom talked about her so much; when mom and dad were talking about names for my little sister who was about to be born, they mentioned naming her after Gramma Sheehan. I was surprised to learn her name was Patricia Elizabeth instead of “Gramma Sheehan”!
I started thinking about this the other day when I was making my bed, changing the linens and getting out the freshly-laundered, lace-trimmed pillowcases. I noticed a tiny hole in the lace trim, and it occurred to me that these items aren’t going to last forever, especially if I keep using them regularly. I need to think about carrying on the tradition in earnest by making some lace-trimmed pillowcases of my own!
Since my bed-making epiphany, I’ve been casually looking for a nice knitted edging pattern and finally found it in a place that I didn’t expect—in Interweave’s Compendium of Finishing Techniques (now available as an eBook!).
The Compendium has many, many edging ideas, but the one that caught my eye is the simple Pointed Lace Edging.
Gramma Sheehan’s crocheting, tatting and mending kit. This kit snaps closed into a portable 3 X 6-inch silky green packet. It’s in wonderful shape, but I don’t use it. The tools are made out of Bakelite, I think, and I don’t want to take a chance on damaging anything. Check out the ivory thimble at the bottom of the photo!