Christmas 2018

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework


Logo of scissors, needle, thread, thimble, crown


The Twelve Days before Christmas: Eight Stilettos a Laying


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 photos and descriptions of eight Stilettos.


Stilettos Yesteryear and Present

Originally needlewomen used  stilettos to poke holes in fabric, for example holes that would become the centers of eyelets. Stitchers today use stilettos for a different purpose: they use stilettos as laying tools.


Above, from left:

Steel stiletto with a harp as a handle, French, c 1840s.

Steel stiletto with a silver handle reminiscent of English filigree, English, 1840s,

Steel stiletto with a hammered silver handle, English, c 1900.

Steel stiletto with an Arts and Crafts design of grapes, American, c 1900.

Two steel stilettos with silver handles marked 'Sterling' and adjustable stopping devises to limit how far the points penetrate the fabric. American,

patented 1909.


On the right: Two steel stilettos with mother of pearl handles, English c 1860 and 1890.


Happy Holidays 2018


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

Here are 8 stilettos.