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From: Pudge99
Date: 04-04-2005, 03:25 PM (1 of 11)
I was looking through my patterns that I bought at the last 99 cent sale. McCalls Craft 2452 has a pattern for a chatelaine. Does anyone know what this is? This is a sewing room accessories pattern.
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From: Sancin
Date: 04-04-2005, 03:41 PM (2 of 11)
I can't quite picture a pattern for a chatelaine to be sewn but sounds interesting. Traditionally a chatelaine is a ring or belt with rings for attachment of things used around the house that the matron (chatelaine) of the household wore - usually keys to the linen closet, wine cellar etc, but also may be a cyclinder for holding needles, or thimbles or scissors. I have seen some lovely articles in antique stores usually made of silver or carved wood that were for chatelaines. Years ago I received a sewing gift that hung around the neck. The band was a canvas measuring tape and at one end was a square padded pocket (supposedly pin cushion and pocket for thread) and at the other end a ring with a small pair of (rather poorly made) scissors attached. I found it handy when mending while watching TV.

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From: shirleyp
Date: 04-04-2005, 03:46 PM (3 of 11)
Here is a site that shows what you are looking for, scroll down to the second project and it talks about it.

Here is another site worth reading, about the victorian times, it explaines the chatelaine.
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From: Sparky
Date: 04-04-2005, 03:47 PM (4 of 11)
Wow. :whacky: defines a chatelaine as
1. a. The mistress of a castle.
b. The mistress of a large, fashionable household.
2. A clasp or chain worn at the waist for holding keys, a purse, or a watch.

A google search for images of "chatelaine" shows pictures of Victorian-era doodads, fancy pin-on thingys with lots of little tools dangling from them. I think they were the sort of the Palm Pilot/Swiss Army Knife of the era.

I can't imagine what your pattern makes. You'll have to make it and let us see.
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From: Pudge99
Date: 04-04-2005, 05:28 PM (5 of 11)
Here's the pattern. It is that flower looking thing that they are calling a chatelaine.
If you need a larger picture you can see it HERE. (
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From: Pudge99
Date: 04-04-2005, 05:45 PM (6 of 11)
Well I looked at some Google images and guess what I realized? #1. I think McCalls meant for this to be the scissor holder that you would hang on your chatelaine. #2. I use the modern day version of a chatelaine everyday. I have one of those clips that rope climbers use, that I wear on my belt loop. On it I have keys, a pair of folding scissors, I used to have nail clippers, and various other odds and ends that can fit on a key ring. Now when I misplace it I can holler at the kids "Hey! Has anyone seen my chatelaine?" :bg:
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From: dmoses
Date: 04-04-2005, 06:13 PM (7 of 11)
Here's another 'chatelaine'.
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From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 04-04-2005, 08:35 PM (8 of 11)
I love this one!! It looks like it would be handy for several different types of sewing!! Cross stitch, quilting and machine sewing.

I have the McCalls pattern~
I pulled it out and looked at the pattern. It does look like it is a scissor holder and needles. I'm not sure about what else it holds.

I thought the other items in the pattern were the pin cushions and the arm chair caddy!

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From: Magot
Date: 04-05-2005, 03:39 AM (9 of 11)
I'm gonna get one of those clip thingies and spring doodads and hang it on my belt and call it my chatelaine too! Love it!
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From: auzzi
Date: 04-05-2005, 06:12 AM (10 of 11)
* The first use of a chatelaine can be traced to Roman times.

*The chatelaine was originally used by the man of the house to carry various tools, from a dagger to keys.

* In medieval times, a chatelaine became a wedding present from the husband to his bride containing the keys to her new home. The keys were for various food storage safes, chamber, or cellars, not the "front door". Later important, expensive items that the lady of the "house" would have, like scissors/shears, knives, threads etc were added.

* From the mid-19th century, common household tools were included: a small scissors in a protective casing, a thimble, pin cushion, tape measure, and a small holder for sewing needles, vinaigrette/smelling salts, perfume bottle, a shoe button hook, miniature pen/pencil, letter opener, and a small metal covered notepad, a magnifying glass, and so on...
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-05-2005, 06:58 PM (11 of 11)
I'm thinking on that McCalls pattern picture, that the one on the left could be a closed version ; and the one on the lower right could be an opened out version of the same item.. Look at the cord attached to each of them. It looks the same and scissors are shown in both views. (handles are anyway)
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