Christmas 2018

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework


Logo of scissors, needle, thread, thimble, crown

A Preview This Morning:  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. In another two or three years they will have my tools and textiles and most of my own needlework.


I kept a copy of this year's 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 I will post a 13th photo that will be a small announcement about my year ahead.


This morning, here is a preview, a small collection of silver needlework tools very special to me.

It was hard to say good bye to them after all these years. Scroll down for their story and descriptions.




Happy Holidays 2018


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


This morning a Preview,

a look back to the very beginnings of my long journey collecting needlework tools.



A Preview


This morning, on December 12, here is a preview of my Twelve Days before Christmas.


These are special tools of mine, very special, for they are my first tools and they began my passion for old needlework tools. I've collected them ever since. So when did I buy my latest needlework tool?

At Carolyn's website sale about four days ago.


Back in  1974 I had learned to stitch and had my first little business painting needlepoint canvases. She and my grandmother thought I should follow long family traditions and start collecting something.


These are all little American silver needlework tools c 1890's-1910.  My mother gave them to me for Christmas in 1974.


From left: a Darner with a silver handle, a silver disc tape measure made by Gorham, a crochet hook with a silver handle, a tatting shuttle made by Webster Co., a silkwinder (in those days we thought it was a knitting bobbin) and a spool knave (the hoop part went around my wrist and the long part held perhaps a spool, perhaps a ball of yarn). All are marked 'sterling'.