It is worth taking a look at the Woolworth's Museum site (random I know), for its 1950s haberdashery displays http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1950s-i-woolhaby.htm . Woolworths stores all had a large haberdashery department selling buttons, wool, knitting and sewing patterns. The site has pictures of these plus pictures of store windows showing a display for wool week or for making do and mending.
|I think this is brilliant. The bonkers curtains, the lovely |
colours, the shapes, her beautiful dress and hair.
|I like Anchor adverts. Great colours again and a fancy |
cross stitch tablecloth is always good.
|I'm not convinced that she would do her own mending |
but she does lend an air of glamour to the proceedings.
|Same with her, I think the wonderful hair and make-up |
would not leave enough time to personalise her dainties
with embroidery. I think a maid is lurking in the background.
|What a fabulous display of threads. Spoilt for choice!|
|Wool snake. Wool snake charmer. Magic carpet. |
Great colours. Can't beat it!
|Showing you the 'smartest ways of using the best bias|
binding of all'.
|I would like to think that she is called Melody as well |
as the wool. I love the cardi, I'm not sure I will ever
have the patience to make it.
|'These little folk are happy all day long, at the seaside, |
in bathing suits of Crocus wool. They are warm and
comfortable and do not shrink or loose their shape'.
|Featuring a' backless suit for sunbathers, a fancy |
pattern for two bright colours and knickers and
a brassiere to make a novel two piece bathing suit'.
|Good to have a reliable zip for all situations.|
|Excellent. Women can crochet and be intelligent. Quite |
|Little boxes of colourful delights.|
|Anchor had to feature an anchor at some point really.|
|I agree that the women have glamour. |
The thread though?
|Lovely embroidered tea cosy.|
|Nice to see how the transfer and stitching work.|
I realised that I have had my own small connection to haberdashery for many years as I went to school in London at Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Girl's School. It was the longest name of a school in the country at the time but it has changed name now. Whilst it sounds ever so posh it wasn't at all, the name is due to the founder of the school, a Robert Aske, who was a Haberdasher. In 1689 he died and left £20,000 to the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers (of which he was a member), to buy land and build a school. The Haberdashers were founded in medieval times by a group of traders who all lived in the same place in London and all worshipped at St. Paul's Cathedral. They sold ribbons, pins, gloves, purses and beads and were joined by the Hatmakers in 1502. They were like the trading standards of the day in charge of checking quality, training apprentices and setting wages amongst other things. They controlled the haberdashery trade in London until 1650 when the population of London grew too large for it to be practical. They now exist as a City of London Livery Company and concentrate on education and charity work.