Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Vintage English Tea Cozy
This little hand-crafted piece of history is a vintage English Tea Cozy. Purchased years ago at a 'Boot Sale', the English version of a yard sale, it has traveled across the pond and is now put to good use. By definition, a tea cozy is a padded cover placed over a teapot to keep the tea piping hot. English tea cozies have been used since 1867. It is noted that most tea cozies were made at home by women. Their leisure time would be spent working on cozies, with embroidery such as this one, or applique, crochet, knit, lace, or patchwork. Directions for making cozies were often published in Victorian magazines, and still are today.