Friday, April 22, 2011

Mysterious Package

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In my travels I came across this.
It sat like this for several months before I got brave enough to open it.
The best I could figure out was that Mr. Peter W. Allen of the Signal Brigade mailed this Parcel Post to himself.
Same name on return address.

It cost him $0.95 cents in 1967!

I bravely unwrapped the paper.  There were several layers of brown paper, wrapped in string and under that several layers of some type of tar/wax paper.  You see, one of my friends had said that there could be bugs or droppings inside.  My mother-in-law was hoping that there was money!  You never know...

Well there was no money, but there were also no bugs or droppings.  Just beautiful fabric.  Now I was dying to find out what kind.  It looks sort of like linen or muslin.
I was envisioning slipcovers, pillows or recovering something.
Pretty Huh?
About 45 yards.
So, I went to my favorite little quilt shop in town.  The lady there is very knowledgable, she said that it is raw silk. 
I am still so amazed that this mysterious package stayed in such good shape all these years!

I love the thrill of the hunt, especially when you find a treasure like this!
I wonder what I will find next!!!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

4 comments:

Helen said...

I love mysterious packages. What a great find, I know you will put it to good use.

Lori said...

How neat, I can't wait to see all the amazing things you will do with this!

Jacque Ferreira said...

Terry I love this story! Those are the fun things that have kept me loving this business for so long, I too have had fun experiences like this. I thought it might be raw silk because of the little specks. I am sure you will make something beautiful. I was going to invite you to a garden show we are in next weekend, but I see you are busy! Good luck at your show, I am sure our paths will cross soon ~ Jacque

Melissa said...

Wow, how awesome! Raw silk is wonderful to sew on!! Just remember though, it is usually dry clean only! I can't wait to see what you do with it! What a fun find!!