In 2012 the ASC Celebrated its 175th Anniversary

But do they sew?

Members of the Circle and their husbands answer this question.

To celebrate the Annisquam Sewing Circle on its 175th Anniversary a delightful evening was held in the Village Hall with delicious food and this entertaining skit.

1837 – 2012 The longest, continuously meeting Sewing Circle on Cape Ann

Fishermen’s Woolen Nippers

Nipper

Earlier members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle knit nippers like this pair.

Fishermen working trawl lines in the 19th century often suffered cuts and rope burns on their hands. They typically wore mittens or gloves to protect themselves when hauling the long lines aboard and removing the fish. These sturdy but soft rings, called nippers, are knitted of woolen yarn and stuffed with more wool. They would have fit around a fisherman’s palms, protecting his hands while his fingers remained free for tasks requiring dexterity.

These nippers were probably made in Gloucester, Mass., for use by local fishermen working on offshore schooners. The shallow, fertile banks stretching from Georges Bank east of Nantucket to the Grand Bank off Newfoundland, Canada, were prime fishing areas for Gloucestermen. Cod, haddock, and halibut were the principal species caught by fishermen working aboard schooners in these waters in the late 19th century.

These nippers were among the fishermen’s clothing, tools, and apparatus featured by the United States in the 1883 International Fisheries Exhibition in London.

ID Number:
AG*102074
Place Made:
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Material:
woolen
Date:
1880s
Dimensions:
5 in x 3.365 x 1.7717; 12.7mm x 85 x 45 mm
Source:
U.S. Fish Commission

Preparing for a Nor’easter

Annisquam Talent Show

Let it snow, let it snow… Twenty-four inches in twenty-four hours are predicted.

In the meantime, there are rumors that a Talent Show is in the works. This photograph is from an earlier time when the Talent Show was held in the Village Hall. Recognize any of the performers?

Cry Baby Cookies & More

7th Cry BabiesCentury A.D. – The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran), one of the first countries to cultivate sugar (luxurious cakes and pastries in large and small versions were well known in the Persian empire).  According to historians, sugar originated either in the lowlands of Bengal or elsewhere in Southeast Asia.  Sugar spread to Persia and then to the Eastern Mediterranean.  With the Muslim invasion of Spain, then the Crusades and the developing spice trade, the cooking techniques and ingredients of Arabia spread into Northern Europe.

Cookies as we know them in America were originally brought to the United States by our English, Scottish, and Dutch immigrants. Earlier names for cookies such as Snickerdoodles and Cry Babies originated with the New England states. Even with its early history, cookies did not become popular until about a hundred years ago.

From: What’s Cooking America- History of Cookies

Cry Baby Cookies
epicurious.com – recipes – /cry-babies

These molasses cookies are a family tradition. Frost with buttercream frosting in the color of your choice when just warm enough to melt the frosting; if you frost them too soon the frosting will run.

From our Sisters Across the Pond – Sewing Circle 1946

Sewing Circle England 1946CREATE 2020 Contest: Identity as Inspiration

‘A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.’ Coco Chanel

Britain is bracing itself for the second lockdown starting this Thursday, moods are varied. This morning I checked in with our local baker, who assured me that they were going to try and stay open this time around, and then I got a message from a dear friend. She said, I finally got my sewing machine out, I am going to get back into sewing with this lockdown, and you should draw! (I am an illustrator and yet I haven’t drawn properly in months, which inevitably has made me question if I am, in fact, still allowed to call myself an artist. Quite a load to carry for a creative lacking creativity.) Post-Covid has stripped me bare to mothering my children and paying the bills, with occasional dips in the cold British seas to stay sanely positive about everything that is happening to us.

For a lot of creatives, their work is the essence of their identity so we can probably agree that it is absolutely paramount to find the time and space to create.

Nayila reminds us that learning new skills and implementing them into new projects is a wonderful way to grow the self and feel replenished. Sarah has written a whole article on the “Doldrums of Creativity”. She observes:  ‘it’s not that I don’t have ideas, it’s that I don’t have faith in my ideas. It’s not that ideas aren’t flowing, it’s that in some ways I’m holding myself back from creating them.’ Morgann shares her own story on how to pursue a creative life through sewing. Today I wish you to sit down at your sewing table and make something quite wonderful however small or challenging. If you are a bit like me, struggling to find your creative mojo and with it your own self and identity, the best thing to do is just sew, (or draw in my case).

Image: Sewing Circle 1946

From: The________Thread