Wednesday, March 30, 2011


What is it?
(yes I meant Ort, with an O…)

If you go by the dictionary it states that an ort 
is leftover morsels of food. I always heard it used 
in sewing circles as leftover threads, scraps or the 
container to put them in.

I like this definition best;
Ort \¨òrt\: noun; a snippet or leftover bit of 
thread, usually resulting from a voracious 
addiction to handcrafted needlework

I started collaging a small wooden box and as 
I was working on it, it came to me that I would 
turn it into an Ort box.
So here it is;
I found a few other handmade orts for sale 
and will share them with you…

These are made from glass, wood and paper. 
So there is quite a variety in materials for
the few I found.
All of these are beautiful and would serve 
the purpose they are intended for very well
or they would look nice just displayed.

One could also start an Ort collection…
(Just a thought)

have a wonderful day



Runs With Scissors said...

So cool! I've never heard of such a thing! I just bet an Ort would make a perfect container for winkles!

goodgosh said...

Ort. I think I love saying that word.

I love how I learn things here, nice orts. :)

Linnet said...

WOW! I did not know that! very cool ort box jj! and thanks for enlightening me!

Cassie said...

love the definition that you found! voracious addiction indeed! so you could use an ort box for say an addiction to paper???

Peppercorns said...

As usual, I learned something new here today. I'd never heard of an ort box before. Thanks jj.

And yes, Runs, they would make wonderful containers for winkles. LOL

jj said...

I would think an ort box would work well for an addiction to paper...or winkles. The nice thing about an ort container is that you can really use it for anything. There is no rule of orts, so you can do anything with them.

VintageEmbellishment said...

Wow, I never knew until now that this is exactly what I need!
How is it possible that I have been sewing "stuff" for years (a lot of years) and never heard about "ort" containers.....
I am still quilting the Granddaughters quilt and have lots of snippets floating around...but not anymore...Thanks!

Doodle said...

Voracious Addition! Now that's a mouthful. Little word (ort)for little items (scraps). (why am I not surprised at JJ's tiny ORT box) JJ, you did a great job on your ort box. And those others are also pretty amazing pieces.

Learning new stuff every day around here!

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