Thursday, 2 October 2008

Swiss Tea Cosy pattern from the early 20th century

Here is an exciting example of a Swiss-German tea cosy pattern from the beginning of the 1900's. My fabulous Swiss friend Jackie found this magazine in a flea market in a small village not far from Zurich when she and her boyfriend were taking a cycling trip one weekend.

Its such a treasure of a find because it shows that not only the English and British Isles inhabitants were making tea cosies a hundred years ago...and the German (Swiss German), work for tea cosy is great: Teewarmeru, which actually sounds Japanese! My computer keyboard hasn't got a letter 'a' with two dots above it, so just picture the 'a' in Teewarmeru having two dots above it to give it a flat 'aaahhhh' sound.

Its a nice hand embroidered cosy too...I'll have to give it a go...and just a reminder that if anyone would like a copy of this pattern, free of charge, please email me, or leave a comment here, with your name and address and I'll post it off to you as soon as I can. I could try and get a translation done to go with it...I'll see how many people ask for this first!

This is the cover of the old sewing/needlework magazine...


Fer said...

Oo! I'd love a copy but when would I actually do it? You'll definitely have to tackle it though!

a good yarn said...

Reminds me of Scherenschnitten. They are awfully pretty though. I'd be tempted to use some vintage pieces to recreate the look. Of course, you would want to use fragments or damaged pieces.

Good Luck!