Clothes Pegs, Clothespins and Clothespin Bags, Holders

Clothespins or Clothes Pegs, you wont find many on yet, but that might be changing.

Not to be confused with the one-piece wooden clothes-peg for hanging up coats that was invented by the Shaker community in the 1700’s. During the 1700’s laundry was hung on bushes, limbs or lines to dry but no clothespins can be found in any painting or prints of the era. The clothespin for hanging up wet laundry only appears in the early 19th century patented by Jérémie Victor Opdebec.  ( What a name, eh….)

Clothes Peg…..I remember mother used those and I in my teens when I was helping with the home and house chores …. This design does not use springs, but is fashioned in one piece, with the two prongs part of the peg chassis with only a small distance between them—this form of peg creates the gripping action due to the two prongs being wedged apart and thus squeezing together in that the prongs want to return to their initial, resting state. This form of peg is often fashioned from plastic, or originally, wood. In England, clothes-peg making used to be a craft associated with gypsies, who made clothes-pegs from small, split lengths of willow or ash wood.You can also visit the website

Clothespins were further enhanced by the invention of plastic and stainless steel clothespins that do not rust or decay with outdoor use. Rather than using a torsion spring that often twists, causing the clothespin to fall apart, they rely on a strong, trapped, compression spring that results in a stronger grip. Boy do I remember the clothes pins fallen apart, just when I needed them on the corner of a wet, heavy bed sheet or something right out on the clothes line.

Just an FYI, one famous clothespin is a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg, entitled “Clothespin”. It is in Philadelphia across the street from the City Hall, and can be seen in the movie Trading Places and there is a 5-foot clothespin grave marker in the Middlesex, Vermont cemetery.

During the production of a movie, commercial, music video etc., a spring-type clothespin is called a “C47, “peg”, “ammo”, or “bullet”. It is most useful on the set since lights used on film sets quickly become far too hot to touch; a wooden C47 is used to attach a color correction gel or diffusion to the barn doors on a light. The wooden clothespins do not transmit heat very effectively, and therefore are safe to touch, even when attached to hot lights for a significant period of time. Plastic clothespins are not used as plastic would melt with the heat of the lights and metal would transfer the heat making the clothespin too hot to touch. People like gaffers, grips, electricians and production assistants may keep a collection of C47’s clipped to clothing or utility belt at all times. Hence the nickname “bullet”, as so many crew members clip a number of C47’s to their utility belts, much like an old west gunslinger would carry extra cartridges (which are often inaccurately referred to as bullets) on his gun belt.
When a performer is in full makeup they sometimes cannot drink from a cup so they drink from a straw. When the bottle or cup is too deep for the straw a C47 is clipped an inch from the top of the straw to keep the straw from falling into the drink. Did you ever know about the versatility of the good old Clothespin?

Lutherie, (making string instruments) Clothes-pegs are often used to glue on kerfing during the production of guitars, mandolins and other stringed instruments.

Why am I writing about this, look at the “beautimus” Clothespin Dress Hanger…..or Bag. If you are drying your laundry outside, it is still the most practical thing to have and glides right with you on the line. 
Dress for Clothespin filled with wooden Clothespins Handmade French Toile Fabric lined


I loved to have found the story of Clothespins, you may enjoy it too!
Monika of Myeuropeantouch

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