Saturday 12 March 2016

Antique Sewing Needle Case ....

Good morning all

I just wanted to show you this stunning needle case made by prisoners of war durning the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800's it has 32 original gold topped needles as well.  It is only a short little film for you to see and is made from bone and velvet.

There are some beautiful vintage  needle cases out there and as you know I have one that was stitched by the Soldiers embroidery Industry during the first world war or just after.  Wounded soldiers used to do embroidery and stitching to help them heal and take their minds away from the horrors of war and their wounds...  The picture on the right is my treasured one that is  now around a 100 years old.

There is so many beautiful ones out there and if you find one it is to be treasured I think.  I am always on the look out for more for my collection.

Anyway I am off to a vintage fair so wish me luck.  Enjoy your weekend and as always Happy Stitching!


  1. That is gorgeous.
    I once tried to explain to a young lad about eleven/twelve that men knitted and did needlework after his mum brought him to the craft shop I worked in. His younger sister was fascinated by the needlework things on display, he was having a strop. So I tried to explain that soldiers recovering from wars going back to the Boer War that when they were recovering they would stitch or knit. And sailors knitted especially the fishermen who had their own designs knitted into their jumpers (sad bit) so their bodies could be identified, they knitted the jumpers themselves. After I finished he said well I'm not going to be a soldier or sailor and carried on with his strop! As a mother to three boys I understood where he was coming from!

    Julie xxxxxx

  2. Thank you Julie ... that made me laugh.

    I did t know about the Fishermen and their jumpers though. It is clever but as you say very sad.

    Thank you I always love reading your comments.

    Take Care
    Sarah ... by the way I read your blog which was great and I am going to join it later.


  3. I think it has something do to with the way the aran patterns are formed in the knitting, each family has their own pattern.

    Julie xxxxxx

    1. Thank you Julie I did not know this at all and although a very sad thing it is interesting to learn something I did not know before.
      Sarah xx