The Scott Sisters' Pieces 2: Aunt May & the County Fair

I never met Aunt May (obivously)

But I love her.

Dearly.

She's a good partner at cards (I'm not kidding) as is her husband Uncle Louis (seriously, ask my mom about how they helped us with our card games).

And damn could my aunt darn and make button holes.

I mean. Damn.

The woman was beyond great. She was so great in fact, she entered samples to the county fair.

I just love county fairs....where else could you have competitions about sock darning and button holes?

Anyways, they were kept for keepsakes and now I am in possession of them and they kill me. I hope I can be as good at this one day. Doubtful, as I'm impatient, but at least I know it's in the blood....

right?

Right?

First, we have the sock darning competition:

Side note: the quality of this sock is really fine as well.

Check that out. I wouldn't know the first thing to do!

Another small hole

And the final hole.

Don't you just feel slightly inferior right about now? I think it's time to take away the tv and computers so we can practice our darning. Next, are the button holes....now in all seriousness, I really wish I knew how Aunt May did these...as this is an extremely useful skill to have for 18th century sewing. (Aunt May, can you please pass down this skill to me? Please? Please?)

The button hole sample

Aren't they beautiful? The fabric is a silk & the stitches are tiny.

I have no idea if Aunt May won, though I'm inclined to believe she did since these were kept in the family. I do also know that Aunt May was the 'go-to' if you ever needed button holes for your clothes before she passed away.

I think we should bring back sock darning and button hole competitions to the county/state fairs. Far more interesting than best tomato (unless it's a giant tomato....those competitions are always fun).


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Comments

  1. Dear Abby,
    Your Aunt surely was talented. The darns she made were very good.My great Aunts darned, and my great uncle Ken did too. Because of them, I learned how; it's covered in numerous vintage and antique sewing manuals. It's basically weaving with a needle. You can use yarn or special darning thread, which I remember clearly, but is hard to get these days. It's weighty.

    My darns aren't very neat, but it's good to use on holes in knitted goods as well as in socks, and yes, I darn socks. Saves money, and if you watch tv or listen to the radio, can be done along with them.

    Very best,

    Natalie

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  2. Men's tailoring blogs have good hand worked buttonhole instructions. It's fascinating to see the new popularity of handwork through blogs and the internet.

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