Friday, 4 September 2009

Vintage thing! (tea cosy?)

We're not entirely sure we know what this vintage "thing" is intended to be, it came to us second-hand - though its condition is as good as new. And so we don't know who made it, either.

We do know about the technique - its a kind of patchwork, but the patchwork pieces are gathered up into little florets - a bit like tiny shower caps. I've heard this technique called "suffolk puffs" but it probably has other names too.

This little piece has lots of "suffolk puffs" stitched onto a folded piece of fabric, the two sides being held together near the fold by ribbons.

So it will stand up like this:

which makes me think that its a tea cosy. It fits over this large teapot very nicely and looks fabulous.

Someone else suggested it might be a "fold" for keeping hankies in... Does anyone use hankies (as opposed to paper tissues) any more?

Any other suggestions as to what this might be or be for?

The fabrics are mostly artificial/man-made and it is machine-washable, and there are some great pieces of vintage fabric - retro and psychadelic designs as well as some florals.

Dimensions - this tea cosy (?) measures approx 8.5 inches/21.5 wide, and 8 inches/20cm tall.

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  1. In North America we call those "yo-yos" - "Suffolk puffs" is a cuter name. :)

  2. suffok puffs is way neater than our yo-yo!

    what a neat find.