Gay Ann Rogers
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December 9, 2018
Speaking of Antique Needlework Tools....
Christmas has come early: Carolyn Meacham emailed me that she had just posted an array of needlework tools for sale on her website.
If you would like to see some great needlework tools for sale, hie thee over to Carolyn's Website by clicking on the link below:
Below are just a couple of the many things for sale on Carolyn's website.
Changing my email address to:
Christmas This Year on Queendom Website
Occupying a ton of time this year, DH and I catalogued the parts of my collection of needlework tools between 1840 and 1914, and on December 7 we handed over catalogue and tools to a small collections library.
I kept a copy of this catalogue and decided to borrow from our photos and descriptions tools for 12 Days before Christmas.
They will start on December 13 with
12 Hooks Hooking and will end on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Day itself I will post a 13th photo.
Please consider this your invitation to the festivities.
A little pincushion in the shape of bellows. Notice the pretty carving on this pincushion. The ivory on these little pincushions is so thin, I don't have any idea how they carved it without breaking it; even more surprising, how did it survive for 200 years?
Above is the map of how far Queendom Website has traveled,
nice for MacSoph and me, but doubly nice because it shows that needlework is indeed alive and well right round the world.
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An ivory needle case with a perpetual calendar carved on it. Imagine all the work that went into carving this little needle case, and again, as with all these delicate little ivory tools, don't you wonder how it survived in good shape for 200 years?
One of my favorite needle cases and here's why I like it so much: run your fingers along the peapod and you will feel the peas inside. It's just like a real peapod, only it is ivory and inside are needles, not peas -- it just feels like there are peas inside.
Currently, as a group, these are among my favorite tools: ivory spectaularly carved in India 200 years ago. This one is a needle case;
If I am overly enthusiastic about these offerings, it is because they represent my favorites currently: early 19th century beautifully carved and designed. Here is a little ivory pincushion in the shape of a wheelbarrow, with the black dots and circles we call Madras work.
Madras work designs remind me so much of blackwork, and for a long time I have had a sewing case mixing a Tudor Rose, blackwork and Madras designs in mind.'
Below is a little Crown pincushion in the same family as the wheelbarrow, but the crown is pierced pieces of ivory.
As usual, I have no financial interest in Carolyn's business, I just love what she finds
and all too often can't resist temptation.