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Back to the fruit crate label
July 10th, 2008

I have taken up work on the fruit crate label again. It’s amazing how BIG 18-count stitches seem after working on the 22-count Ariosa. And how stiff and scratchy the aida seems. I have been stitching on nothing but 18-count aida for about 6 years and I got unused to it in only a couple of weeks.

I just got an email from our local needlework shop that they are having a framing sale in 2 weeks. Can I finish this by then? I’m maybe 1/2 to 2/3 done. I really doubt it.

On a recent Antiques Roadshow, a guy had a whole lot of orange crate labels — brand new, unused. They were so beautiful. Some were salesmen’s samples, with just the art work. Apparently printer’s reps would visit growers and show them these templates for labels, and the grower could pick a picture that went with their brand, or maybe think up a brand that went with a picture they liked, and they’d add the appropriate text. Afterwards I checked on eBay and there are a lot available there. I really like orange crate labels. Must … not … bid … I mean I could, they’re not expensive, but I have too much stuff already, and I need what little wallspace is left for needlework. :)

2 Responses to “Back to the fruit crate label”
  1. From Julie
    12 years, 2 months ago

    What is it about you? I have very few interests (my kids say I hate everything), but there are a couple of odd things I am strangely drawn to. Fruit labels are one of them. I have always just noticed and admired them. I snapped up that pattern the minute I saw it. We moved to Oregon when I was 8 years old, but before that we lived for about five years in Santa Barbara, and at that time my father was the produce manager for out local grocery store. He brought home fruit crates by the dozens. My brother and I used to build forts with them next to the house, and my sister had a baby doll in one next to her bed for ages. I never knew these labels were collectables! And I thought I was the only one who loved the artwork. Too bad I don’t believe in coincidences. But this is becoming really odd.

  2. From Linowocaict
    12 years, 1 month ago


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