Friday, November 20, 2015

The Early Workbasket ~ Etui

Welcome friends and needleworkers!

Tis the season for a never ending to~do list!

Do you have a endless list of things to do right before
the Holiday Season?

Are you ready to see what's in Friday's workbasket?

Today's topic is "Etui"

This young girl will share the meaning of this unusual and 
commonly mispronounced word...  

 Etui is a French word, pronounced E~twee.

This French word, much used in the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries, describes a small portable sewing set.

The sewing tools fit into an interior frame.

This is my first Etui that I purchased many years ago 
and is my personal favorite...

It is made of wood and is embellished with metal the old patina!

You press the little nob and the lid pops open...

The interior velvet lining has faded greatly over the years!

Individual holes to accommodate the different tools. 

With a molded thimble holder in the center...

This set of tools includes two Stilettos (an awl for making
holes in fabric), brass thimble, scissors, and
a knife tool.

My favorite is the knife tool, which has a beautiful
purple gemstone mounted on the end of the handle.

I love the early style hardware, this is the back view.

This next example is very similar...

Even the hardware style is similar!

This next one is a little fancier...

Beautiful wooden box, lined with light gold velvet.
Nice original complete matching set!

This next one is similar except that it's in an oval box...

 Also a beautiful complete set with fancier tools...I love
the brass hardware on both of these sets.

Hope you enjoyed learning about Etui's today!

Please join me again next Friday, 
to see the heirlooms of an early workbasket!

The last two photos are courtesy of my dear son Samuel... 

Decisions, decisions, decisions...which way should I go?

Weekend Soul Food...

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven
with the wind and tossed.

James 1:6...KJV

Humble Hare Handwork Club kits will be packaged
over the weekend and will ship out on Monday.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

Fill your heart with gladness,
Kindly, Tammy


  1. Fabulous ! Fabulous! They are just too special....Love the first one so special... Thanks for sharing.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving ....

  2. What a great collection.
    Thanks for the info, I always wanted to know how to pronounce Etui.
    That's one BIG Hawk!

  3. such a beautiful collection, I have seen them before but did not know the name. Great photo! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is a beautiful Etui collection; how special is that? It reminds me that I have the needlework all done for an Etui that I need to put together...

  5. I have been to many antique shows/shops over the last 3+ decades, but have never noticed an etui. Your collection is beautiful and I like your first one the best, too.
    Hugs :)

  6. I love these, I have never seen one before and if I had, I don't think I would have known what it was. They are just beautiful. Now I am going to keep my eyes peeled. Thank you for sharing.

  7. How wonderful! These are so cute and something I hope to find someday in my antique travels!

  8. I loved your lesson on etuis. I always think of them being stitched.

  9. Tammy: What a wonderful post, lovely collection of Etui's, love the Hare Sampler, beautiful.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  10. Very interesting. I never even heard of etui. I've learned something today and it makes me want to look for them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.