Monday, May 9, 2011
Eighteenth Century Needlecase
Saturday while I was at Poplar Forest, I purchased this cross-stitch kit for a needle case that Thomas Jefferson's daughter's might have used. It has petal shapes that open like a fan, based on an extant needle case. I did a bit of research and lo and behold, I have a picture of the extant piece in my book, 18th Century Embroidery Techniques by Gail Marsh on page 165. This 18th century extant needle case uses silk embroidery instead of cross-stitch. Otherwise, the kit is quite similar to the extant needlecase. I think I will give the cross-stitch kit to my daughter for Christmas, and I will try to make a needlecase for myself, reproducing the silk ribbon embroidery from the extant piece. This book has a completely different looking 18th century extant needlecase on page 15, again embroidered with silk ribbon.