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Bakelite, blouses, and beautiful prints!

Becky's Vintage Buttons

You probably know that we carry vintage buttons, but did you know we get NEW vintage buttons* about every 6 weeks?

Becky, our button goddess, refreshes our vintage button supply with totally new and different buttons every time she visits us. She came in this week - take a look!

* yeah okay we know that's an oxymoron whatever

Anna Maria Horner

New prints! We love Anna Maria's signature style of large scale designs, florals and foliage, and bright discordant colors.

Shop them here!

Fashion Bottomweights

Pretty cotton prints are the most photogenic, but there's lots of new bottomweight solids in, too, like the dull gold denim at right.

Sew up some pants or skirts for layering into spring!

Shop bottomweights here!

Friday Fun Fact!

What is Bakelite and why is it special?

We shared some vintage buttons today, so let's talk about the early plastics that you'll often see in these older pieces.

Many types of plastic based on naturally-sourced proteins and cellulose were developed in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

Celluloid was often referred to as "faux ivory" and was used for jewelry, dolls, pens, buttons, and other decorative objects, but had the drawback of being flammable.

Casein is a plastic material made from milk proteins (yes, milk! Like you drink!). It was popular for buttons and other small decorative objects as it was easy to mold and took dyes well.

Bakelite was the first fully synthetic plastic, revolutionizing the plastics industry. It's hard, smooth, and more heat-resistant than older plastics, making it an ideal choice for button manufacture. 

Its quick molding time made it possible to experiment with loads of fun and wacky designs. Vintage Bakelite is still something truly special.

Learn more here:

Classes Coming Up!

Sew something fresh for spring!

Make a versatile wrap for spring!

Cost: $ 75

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

March 2, 9, 16
A soft, layered wardrobe. Take just one of the 3 classes, or save on the whole bundle.

This updated take on a simple peasant blouse is a spring staple!

Cost: $ 75

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

March 9 & 16

Use a jelly roll or cut your own strips for this super-fast quilt top!

Cost: $ 75

10:00 am to 1:00 pm
March 19 & 26

Happy Sewing,
Michele and the Treadlettes
1338 Grand Ave. St Paul, MN 55105     651.698.9690
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