Silk, felt, plastic, metal
overall when closed: 4 x 4 in. ( 10.2 x 10.2 cm )
printed: on label tied to felt: "Sewing Travel Kit / Fashioned by: / Jane Frances Ditzel / N.Y.C."
Handmade travel sewing kit made from blue, green, and white striped silk fabric with embroidered bumblebees; when unfolded, two pockets are revealed to hold sewing supplies (thread, pins, needles, buttons, measuring tape); strip of felt at center holds additional pins and small scissors. Kit held closed by silk ribbon ties; faux closure of ornate simulated pearl and gold button.
This sewing kit and other items were purchased from New York Exchange for Woman's Work during the last week of its operation in February, 2003. The Exchange was founded in 1878 by Candace Wheeler and Mary Atwater Choate to provide respectable women who needed to earn living, particularly Civil War widows, a viable means for supporting themselves. The exchange was forced to close in 2003 due to high overhead and a waning market for handmade goods.
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