For the past few years, I have been putting together a period sewing kit. These are some of my most indispensable tools for sewing my 15th century reconstructions.
Pictured below left: (clockwise) bentwood sewing box, tailor’s sheers, glass slick, various needles, wooden bobbins with woad-dyed linen and unbleached linen, bone awl, tailor’s chalk, and “honeycomb” beeswax dumpling.
Pictured below right: wooden bobbins
Coming soon: What were the purposes of these tools? Some are obvious, while others are somewhat mysterious for those new to period sewing tools. In my next post, I will examine and explain those tools.