Gay Ann Rogers

Needlework Designer/Teacher

 

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Website updated November 22, 2017

My World of Needlework

 

I'm working as fast as I can these days. My deadline was moved up a day.

 

I thought some of you might enjoy what I'm working on. Here is some of it.

 

Hope you enjoy.

NOW is the time to contact me if you have not heard from me about your E-Week order.

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Watch tomorrow for a list of

A Stitcher's Thanks for Thanksgiving

I have a huge deadline on December 6

 

Here is what I've been working on

DH and I have been writing a catalogue of my needlework tools and embroideries. In the late spring of 2016 I signed the final papers to give my collections of needlework tools and my own needlework to a small collections library over a five-year period and this year's delivery date is December 6.

 

One of my favorite possessions will leave me for a new life  and here are my new photos of it. Scroll down and you will find photos of the box closed and open, a separate photo of the long embroidered tray and one of the tools on their own.

 

 

 

On the left is a photo of the box closed. As you can see, the box is in the shape of a piano. The body is mahogany with satinwood accents; the 'keys' on the top are ivory, the legs are ebony.

 

The box is about 11 1/2" long, 7" wide at its widest and 6 1/2" tall.

Above: a needlework box in the shape of a piano holds needlework tools and accessories (Scroll down for a separate photo and descriptions of the tools).

 

Inside are two velvet 'trays' that lift out. Underneath the larger 'tray' with the needlework tools is a space to store needlework; underneath the rectangle tray on the left side of the box is a music box that plays two tunes.

The trays are covered in purple velvet with silver embroidery and spangles. The box itself is lined in yellow paper.

 

In the lid is a mirror surrounded by a chenil cord. Below the box on the right is a silk pad which fits over the needlework tools when the box is closed.

 

As I said below, the box is French, likely a little over 200 years old and in remarkable shape for its age. A dealer friend of mine said a woman walked into her shop on Kensington Church Street one day and asked if my friend knew anybody who might like the box. My friend called me and saved it for me till DH and I were next in London.

 

Now some 40 years later, I say goodbye to it next month. I'll miss it. I've loved it all these years.

 

 

Above are the tools from my French needlework box in the shape of a piano.  They include (from the left)

two mother-of-pearl spools

a silver needle case

a cut-glass perfume bottle with a silver top,

a stiletto with a silver handle

silver thimble

scissors with silver handles

steel tweezers with an earspoon on the top

silver bodkin

 

They are French and they are in a favorite needlework box of mine. I just took them out for this photograph, then put them right back in.

I enjoyed having a closeup look at them without the box, they look very different on their own.

 

They are typical of French tools of the period, very different in style from their English equivalents.