Christmas 2018

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework


Logo of scissors, needle, thread, thimble, crown


The Twelve Days before Christmas: Day 1: Twelve Hooks a Hooking


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 gave the catalogue and tools to a small collections library.


I kept a copy of this year's catalogue and decided to borrow from our photos and descriptions tools for

12 Days before Christmas.

Scroll down for three photos and descriptions of the 12 Crochet Hooks.

Happy Holidays 2018


This Holiday Season on Queendom Website: The Twelve Days before Christmas told in Antique Needlework Tools.


Here are 12 Crochet Hooks.

Six have little tricks for using and then storing the hooks.

Six have stationary hooks.


Above, two photos of six crochet hooks that open and close in different fashions. The top photo shows them closed, the photo just above shows them open and the hooks ready for use. Although these are for crochet, they are also very useful for needlepoint, particularly these with very small hooks.


From left: Blue painted holder with gold paint drops. Pull-out handle offers choice of three hooks, English, c. 1870's.

Patented Avery brass case with stamped out floral design. A sliding lock at the top makes it possible to choose three different hooks. English, c. 1880's

Patented Avery brass with a sliding hook on each side. Decorative stamped out design. English, c. 1880's.

Registered brass hook with a sliding hook at each end. English, c. 1870's.

Stamped out gilded metal holder with a single hook. English, c. 1880's.

Brass hook with a rose slider for a single hook. English, c. 1880's.


Above, from left:

Dark wood with brass collar and simple wingnut for changing hooks.

Ivory with grass collar and simple wingnut for changing hooks.

Hook with silver handle marked sterling. American, c. 1900's.

Hook with hammered silver handle marked 'English made. Sterling' meaning it was made for the American marked. English, c. 1900.

Simple bone crochet holder with steel hook secured in the far end. English, c. 1880's.

Holder of celluloid with prominent 'ivory' grain, patented Aug 17, 1916.