Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Featured Craft: Make an Emery Strawberry
In opening the consideration of the subject of my lecture, the first question that naturally arises is, what is emery?
I asked this question myself many years ago, before I ever had thought of any connection with the industry of abrasive materials. On rainy days, in my early boyhood, my mother’s sewing table, mahogany and claw-footed, was a source of unfailing interest. From its tripple drawers and manifold little compartments, various wonders were evoked and from these wonders a small boy’s curiosity evoked wonderful explanations. Among these wonders was a lifelike strawberry of red cloth, embroidered in green and yellow. Its brightness attracted me; its heaviness surprised me, and I wondered why my mother thrust her needle through the little strawberry. I asked her what the strawberry contained, and she answered, “Emery.” I asked her what emery was, and she answered, ” Steel dust.” ~Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineer’s Monthly Journal 1894
These handy tools were made by ladies to keep their needles sharp and free of rust. This is a great addition to any basic set of crafting tools and supplies. As well as instruction on creating your emery strawberry the class will cover several hand sewing stitches. You can see some examples here on Deborah’s Pinterest Page
Instructor: Deborah Hyland
Date: Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 7 pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required.
Supplies: Fabric remnants or felt in pink/green or red/green or whatever color you like, a 6″ square of muslin, a sewing needle, an embroidery needle, thread, scissors, embroidery floss for seeds, fabric glue and a paper plate. The emery for one strawberry will be provided for each student.