When asked, it is often difficult to say for people why they collect certain things. They just have to have them. I collect a wide variety of things. And I can say, the common denominator amongst most of them is that they come from a time or an era that has become extinct now and that they were used in activities that people do not do anymore. This links directky to the fact that I am absolutely fascinated by handmade things and traditional crafting techniques. When art was daily bread!
Stranded Darning, specially prepared for your fine silk hose! Found in East London in a second hand shop.
I remember hearing my grandmother say, that she was taught as a child by her mother how to mend a pantihose or silk stockings..
That must have been around 1920.