A Pixie Maker

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  1. Amle

    Amle Well-Known Member

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    This is complete curiosity on my part but I wondered if there was anyone from the Worcester area who could throw a light on this.

    My relative Kate Lee was recorded on the 1939 Register as a 'Retired Pixie Maker'. She lived all her life in Worcester and I am curious to know what it could be!:)

    Her three children worked in the tin factory
     

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  2. Flook

    Flook A True Gentleman

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    I've had a really good search for this as it seems so unusual. This might seem quite unhelpful to you but my gut feeling is that she made pixies either of the garden gnome type or just small ornaments. I think it may be as simple as that.
     
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    This is an image for the 1911 census I meant to tut the 1939 Register Kate Lee.jpg
     
  4. Auburn

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    This is a bit of a long shot - The Royal Worcester factory made cups with
    handles known as "pixie ears".
    I imagine the handles were made by workers who specialised in producing them.
    Just maybe?
     
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  5. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Wasn't their also a woolen bonnet or similar called a 'pixie' or pixiehood? I'm sure I owned something of that name as a child. Maybe a small cloak?
     
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  6. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    It was like a knitted rectangle, folded in half, stitched up on one side and then plonked on babies head with the join down the back making a pointy bit at the crown.
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    The poor child is about to choke :eek:
     
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    I know poor thing!
     
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  10. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Oh dear, please forgive errors in the above.
    Thank you A M. I now may have found the reason for the 'RED' problem I have, because I do believe my 'pixie' was red, made by my mother. so I wasn't at the "Vinegar Hill" nor in terror of Brit Red Coats. I just don't care a lot for red,maybe because I was bumped off of the boat-rails into the river water , then stood on an embankment to dry- where those bl..dy cows kept wanting to wander up & check me out. So cold.
    Who is to know, mayhap I is just weird.
     
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    I think you are on to something with this one- on previous censuses the "retired pixie maker" was a glove maker. Not too far removed from making pixie hoods.
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Post #7. What's the point in having that silly hat on her head when the rest of her is nude. :confused:
     
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    Maybe Mum was showing of her latest creation and she didn't want anything to detract from it?:D
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Thinking I was a bit wrong about my fall from grace..I was wearing red but it was a full crocheted or knitted dress. I do remember the 'pixie' tho', being told to put my pixie on. So perhaps just a hoodie/ hat.
     
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    I don't suppose a brother had a hand in you ending up in the river by any chance and what were you doing on the rail anyway.
    I remember sitting up the front with feet in the water but soon removed them after thinking any hungry/just mean, shark coming along might have a nibble.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    My Dad was doing some work for a Lady who lived in the river bank cottages, Don't know how my Mum ever let me go along with, there were slip rails in her back yard to enable boats to be hauled up-he was probably fixing one- can't remember. I decided I need to be over the other side of those rails as my Dad was crossing back to where I was, -oops, splat!! Imagine the joy on my Mum's face when we got home me still in wet wool. :D Dad got a verbal.

    The dear Lady had offered for me to go inside & dry off, but my tuffy Dad, said not to worry, she'll be okay out here. Don't think I will ever forget that. :rolleyes: Brother's were at school or work, just me at home then.
     
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    OK. Brothers forgiven then. ;)
     
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    I hate to admit this but I knitted one of these when I was 8/9ish. I expect it was to encourage me to knit something useful. The front had an alice band threaded through it to keep the thing on my head. Thank goodness there is no photographic proof.
    PS. I still can't knit:(
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    They have reminded me of a baby bonnet I used to make in soft fluffy wool with moss stitch at front & two small ear shapes knitted in, stocking stitch- kitten style. Lovely when in the throes of early motherhood. :D
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Nobody bothers anymore. No lovely knits. No warm heads and nothing on their tincey little feet. A box of hand knitted booties was the usual gift. Ah! Memories........are we off piste?
     
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