Thursday, October 28, 2010

Edith Wheeler Wilson

Edith Wheeler Wilson is my brand-new old sewing machine!  She is the result of my very first Ebay bid, and I just picked her up this morning.  Here are some pictures so you can see what a beauty she is!

Edith (herself)  Not a particularly good picture, but you can see she's a W-9.  This means she was made sometime between 1890 and 1904 or 5.

The coffin top.  The machine doesn't swing down inside; it's covered by this "coffin," which locks to keep the children out.

The cabinet.  As you can see, part of one drawer is missing, and unfortunately it's the front piece.

The manual.  What can I say, I'm lucky the manual still exists after 110 years.  I'm not going to quibble that it's in a billion pieces.  Besides, I'm a librarian, I'm used to putting things back together again.

The extra treats.  These include some attachments, needles, bobbins, and a key to lock all the drawers and the coffin.  I'll take pictures of the attachments later when I figure out what they are.  But there were also two extra special treats -- a tiny advertising envelope and a tiny book, pictured here with the obligatory quarter for comparison purposes.  They are both from Louisville, Kentucky.

I have a lot of work ahead of me.  I want to restore her to beauty and functionality, rather than preserve her dusty antique integrity.  So everything will have to come apart for a good clean and oiling.  Maybe some paint on treadle and legs, and the wood will have to be refinished.  Then I will put on a new belt and put her back in use!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another day at the Zoo!

Someone (and he knows who he is) has been making remarks that this seems to be becoming a zoo blog rather than a sewing blog.  Well, it's my bloody buggery blog and I shall do as I like.  It was an amazingly beautiful fall day at Point Defiance today, and the visitors were almost all adults, which made it very peaceful.  Best of all it was feeding time for the cats, which meant that the clouded leopard cubs finally came down from their aerial perch.

Here's a view of the entrance, with Commencement Bay out behind.

The clouded leopard cubs are very young (born the middle of July) and until today all I had seen of them were their thick furry tails hanging down from their roost at the top of the enclosure.  But dinner is worth coming down for!  First Nah Fun, the boy (I'm guessing), gets scooped up around his wiry middle and put in a wooden box.  Then Chai Li, the girl, is put on top of the box to eat her supper.  When she's done Nah Fun gets to come out of the box and have his.  They look kind of reptilian, don't they? I've always thought there was something kind of snaky about cats.

The tiger cubs are a couple of months older, and they are as round and chubby as the cloudeds are sleek.  Here is Bima, the boy, first posing for pictures, then heading off to get his supper.  (I can tell this is Bima as his face markings are very different from his sister's.)

And here's Raya and her daughter, Mali.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Art at Oregon Zoo

We made a quick trip to Portland for book shopping and a visit to the zoo.  Here's some Oregon zoo art:

We do love our salmon!

Doesn't this look real?  It's actually a salmon sculpture.

And so are these: