Welcome dear friends...hip hip hooray it's Friday!
The days just seem to pass so quickly...too quickly!
However, this was a good and productive week and I'm happy to
say the design is all charted for the Schoolgirl Samplar Club,
which means I'm ready to start stitching this evening!
I'll be sharing an update on Monday!
~ The Early Workbasket ~
featured the 1st Friday of each month
Today's topic is Needle Cases...
Early needle cases come in such a wide range of styles,
hand carved with exquisite detail on beautiful woods like
Black Forest, Rosewood and Ebony.
These rather tall needle cases measure up to 5.5"...
They work wonderfully for storing long darning needles!
Each needle case is so uniquely different...
Many cases were carved from the wood of different
nut trees such as; Tagua Nut, Coquilla Nut.
And then there are the different metals...
Brass, Nickel, Sterling Silver to name a few.
Carving was also very popular on Ivory,
Cattle Bone, Vegetable Ivory...
Each one with a delicate top cap!
Animals were a very popular theme...
Birds, Fish, Rabbits and many more!
During the Victorian Era Stanhope Parasol's were the in thing...
Intricately caved Ivory, cira 1890.
Also popular were "Ears of Corn"...
Ebony and Ivory!
I love all my needle cases,
but I'm especially fond of my three
My grandparents on my father's side both came from
Poland, which they always referred to as the
I'm half Polish and these are my tribute to that
part of my heritage.
Wooden needle cases from Poland will be stamped
in purple on the bottom...
I admire early needle cases because the
workmanship is so outstanding!
To make my workbasket extra special
I pick a different needle case with the change
of the seasons...no fun collecting if I can't use them!
I'm still trying to finish organizing my
open bookshelf with finishing supplies...
Time only allowed for me to add
sawdust and funnels.
And a couple more jars of buttons...
Little by little I'll get this project done!
Mrs. Mama Dove would like to say hello...
She is taking such good care of her two babies!
Weekend Soul Food...
"I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me."
My husband just informed me
that it's 91° out!
It's time for me to gather my stitching
basket and relax!
Many Blessings, Tammy
Watching & Waiting for mama...