Friday, February 19, 2016

The Early Workbasket ~ Pins & Needles

Welcome dear friends to the wonderful
day we call Friday!

And a good Friday it is...finally ready to share
Humble Hare Handwork Club's next kit...
"Abby's Needlekeep"

Stitched on 36ct. Edinburgh "Summer Khaki"
then a layer of quilt batting, backing is a
 wonderful mocha fabric with matching ribbon for the ties.

The back cover of the needlekeep 
can be personalized with your initials and date.

Pins & needles center piece is dark chocolate wool~felt...
Pinking shears can be used to give your insert a
 nice border look or it can be left untrimmed, 
the choice is yours!

Hope you will enjoy stitching Abby's Needlekeep!

Memberships are still available to receive all four of
Humble Hare Handwork Club kits,

"From Me to Thee" Strawberry Pinkeep (No. 1)

"Humble Gatherings" Pillow Tuck & Bittersweet Fob (No. 2)

"Be Still My Soul" Tailor's Roll (No. 3)

"Abby's Needlekeep" (No. 4)

available through my Etsy Shop

Please note
Humble Hare Handwork Club
will not be available in 2016 ~

But...coming soon  
is a new club titled
Schoolgirl Samplar Club!


For today's Early Workbasket I've chosen  
the topic Pins & Needles... 
Advertising pinboxes were more widely available in the 
USA than in Britain, and this is the only English one
in my collection.

These cardboard boxes in which pins were sold, 
frequently carried advertising slogans...
What outstanding labeling!
Can you believe this originally sold for only .10¢!

The USA bases are usually wood with a 
rolled paper insert to keep the pins...
This one is from Scovill Manufacturing Co.
Waterbury, Connecticut 

Some will have a pincushion in the 
center, this one does not...
Crescent Brass & Pin Co., Detroit, Michigan 

This one is from the same company, but with a pinkeep...
A little faded, but is stamped 
Crescent Brass & Pin Co., Detroit, Michigan 

This one is from American Pin Co...
The tattered label is still hanging on, 
stamped Waterbury, Connecticut 

Cubes were also very popular in their day...
Cubes had glass~headed pins arranged in rows.

Pins have been used for centuries but only became
inexpensive from the mid~19thC, and in the late
19thC they were still being carefully packaged.
These can be found through sites like Ebay & Etsy.

Now, for the needles...
This is the only round wooden needle container with
advertising that I have ever come across!

It is so sweet, measuring only 1.5" in diameter!

Such simple beauty in small packaging...
So there you have it, "Pins & Needles" something else
to keep your eyes open for this summer while
out antiquing!


Weekend Soul Food ~

"And again I say unto you, it is easier for a 
  camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for
 a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

Matthew 19:24...KJV


Live with Joy!
Joy is a great accessory and can be worn every day!

Kindly, Tammy & Abby


  1. Tammy, it is just wonderful. I am glad it is Abby... candace

  2. Tammy, it is just wonderful. I am glad it is Abby... candace

  3. Wonderful new designs!! What wonderful pins! thanks for sharing...have a great weekend!

  4. As always, I love looking at your treasures....

  5. Just lovely...another fabulous design Tammy

  6. So looking forward to stitching this treasure!

  7. It was wondering if I could use this write-up on my other website, I will link it back to your website though. Great Thanks.
    Herbal Potpourri

  8. What a great pin collection.
    Abby is too cute.

  9. Abby is sweet. Have you had massive snow melting since yesterday? We have down here.

  10. I'm really confused on this project, am I supposed to stitch the every other 611 border and center line?