|Wooden Display of Spool Pet Miss Kitty aka Kitty Cat No. 1.|
*Note: O.N.T. - Clark's O.N.T. thread - What O.N.T. stands for, according to the "All Things Ruffnerian" blog, "In 1806, Napoleon blockaded Great Britain, which meant that silk thread was not available to British weavers. The Clark family had a loom supply company and they were also big suppliers of silk thread.At the time of the blockade, Peter Clark developed a method of combining cotton threads so that they were strong and smooth enough to be used in place of silk, and he advertised this important advancement as "Our New Thread."
|John Martin's SPOOL PET No. 1. KITTY CAT via Pinterest|
|Link to John Martin's Spool Pets Search on Pinterest|
|Kitty knows good vintage!|
When a new Google+ friend asked about my avatar, commenting that she looked similar to a baby toy of hers handmade by her mother, I decided to create this post. That's one of the lovely things about selling vintage. It pricks at memories, the little things that really aren't so little, which sometimes become the "thread" used to create and share family stories, traditions and heirlooms. For me, it doesn't get any better than that. If +Margaret Siemers can find her toy, which is now packed away, I'll add it to the post.
UPDATE: Meet Kitty Kye who inspired this post.
|Made in the 1950's by Margaret's mother in anticipation of her birth Kitty Kye.|
Margaret says Kitty Kye's body was from a kit. Kye is 8" tall and 6" wide constructed with a feed-sack front and muslin back, I see researching vintage cat toy kits in my future! She wonders if the embellishments were Spool Pet inspired. Could be?While I can't answer that, I can say Kye's adorable and in fabulous condition!
If you have a Spool Pets story you'd like to share, send it to me and I'll post it, or feel free to add it to the comments below.
Deb AKA Kitty