Antique Needlecase (instructions)


The needlebook has been charted from an item in the collection of the Museum of the Embroiderers’ Guild SA Inc.

“The perforated card (Bristol Board) covers of the original needle book have been embroidered in cross stitch in silks of soft tan and green colours with repeat patterns including flowers on the front and acorns on the back. The covers are lined with pale turquoise moiré silk. The edges and back are bound with a deeper turquoise silk ribbon which is also used as ties. The four flannel pages have been cut with decorative scalloped edges and a pattern of small round holes. Eleven needles are still in place.

The needlebook came from the estate of Miss Natalie Jeffs who died on 22nd March 1987 aged 81. It was formerly the property of her mother, Sarah, wife of Will Jeffs of Kapunda. Sarah Ann was born on the 22nd November 1863 at Victoria Township, the daughter of William Walkington Slight and Jan Chapel Tratten. On March 31st, 1902, she married William Jeffs at Kapunda.”

The original needle book was worked on 18-count Perforated Paper. This count is not available today. The needlebook you will make is not the same size as the original, and the design has had to be adapted to suit the different count Perforated paper.

Instructions will be provided as a downloadable PDF.