Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Needle Notions

Yesterday I was working on a side project which included taking a few pictures of a collection that I owned. It could have been any collection but I chose to photograph some of my vintage needlework pieces.


These are the pictures that didn't make it into that project (I was limited to 3. That's like being limited to eat only one M&M!). Though "rejects", they were too pretty not to share...


I don't collect any one specific item...I've just acquired a number of specialty items throughout the years that are either antique pieces of embroidery themselves or tools related to anything needle.

This antique embroidered chenille basket is one of my favorites together with those french champlevé enamel buttons in the background...


My collection isn't large and some of my most precious pieces were given to me by my parents for Christmas or a birthday. Like this antique acorn thimble holder from Tiffany & Co...


And this gold scissor and stiletto set...


Wouldn't it be great if jewelry stores still sold such exquisite tools for our daily use?

I hope you have a beauty-filled day and thanks for stopping by...

19 comments:

maya said...

very very beautiful!!!

Linda H said...

How lucky you are to have such an exquisite collection! Thanks for sharing it with us Susan

Catherine said...

Fabulous collection, Susan!!

tattrldy said...

Your 'rejects' are beautiful. The people that used these must have really enjoyed using such lovely tools. I wonder if they were aware how fortunate they were?

Mouse said...

oooo wonderful collection .. love the wee bag with the berlin worked type flowers on it and ... what did they use the stilleto for ??? love mouse xxxxx
ps I gave my mums small collection to a museum so that more folks could enjoy them :)

gracie said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful treasures.

Wendy said...

Just beautiful! Your collection may be small in size but it sure is big on being amazing! I just love the acorn thimble holder!

Rachel said...

If only it were possible to use beautiful tools like these all the time!

Maureen said...

Your collection is so wonderful Susan. Isn't it fun putting them out and really looking at them. Great photos too.

Sheila said...

*Sigh* Sew Beautiful!

They are lovely, and so are your photos. You take the best photos, Susan.

Suztats said...

What a lovely collection, and I'm sure the memories that go with them are precious.
Hope you're having some sunshine.

char said...

What a wonderful collection. I love all thins vintage. Your work is wonderful also. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa said...

Everything is so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Ati. said...

wowow, such a treasures! Loveley!!

Judy S. said...

Fun! Are those buttons in with the golden scissors? Love that purse!

MosaicMagpie said...

Oh to be able to walk into a jewelry store and see lovely things like this. I have a couple of treasured needlework notions. One of the most special is a gold thimble. It is old and fits my finger like...well a thimble should!
Deb

deb* said...

I believe that is a laying tool..for keeping your threads even?? Beautiful pictures!

Lisa said...

What a lovely collection! The embroidered chenille basket is to die for! Lovely! How wonderful to have such exquisite tools to work with!

Ingrid Mida said...

Dear Susan,
Your "small" collection is exquisite. Have you always done embroidery then? When did you first take it up?

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