|This is what I got from my husband for my birthday!! How cool is that??!!|
|Now I have two irons in my collection, both from my husband :^)|
The iron on the left is a flat or sad iron. Sad irons, also called flat irons or smoothing irons, are shaped pieces of metal that are flat and polished on one side and have a handle attached to the other, created for the purpose of de-wrinkling fabric. “Sad” is an Old English word for “solid,” and the term “sad iron” is often used to distinguish the largest and heaviest of flat irons, usually 5 to 9 pounds.
The forebears to modern electric irons, these flat irons are often triangular or come to a point to make it easier to iron around buttons. The heft of a sad iron would help it hold heat, as well as to press the fabric flat. To protect fabric and surfaces from singeing, sad irons often came with metal trivetsto rest on, and these are often-beautiful, intricate, and collectible examples of metalwork that were made in a myriad of designs.
The earliest metal flat irons were forged by blacksmiths in the Middle Ages. These were heated on an open fire or a stove, and the metal handles had to be grasped with a thick potholder, rag, or glove. Women had to be careful not to track soot or ash on the clothing they were ironing.
I think my family would have been referred to as the family of Wrinkles, because there is no way I would have enjoyed working with either of these irons :^) And I am serious!!
|And this is where they reside, next to my favorite piecing machine and small pressing station!! I have one of my sister's paintings, and my mom's vase that I grew up with. A very inspirational space indeed!!|
Happy Quilting, Take care and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha