Martha Washington’s Needle case and Pin cushion Embroidery Kit
In the 18th century, ladies often enjoyed embroidery as a genteel pastime, and as well as making ornamental objects such as samplers, they might decorate small household objects or personal items.
The Williamsburg Rose version of this charming needle case/ pincushion has been adapted from a design likely made and embroidered by Mrs. Washington and was both decorative and functional, keeping her needles safe, and serving as a pincushion as she worked at her sewing.
Mrs. Washington’s version has the needle case and pincushion as 2 pieces; however, similar 18th accessories of the same kind attach the pincushion to the needle case. The back of the original case has a blank center and embroidered edges—the blank space left plain for the pincushion that was never attached. The instructions in this kit describe how to sew the pieces together if desired; or they can be made, and used, as separate items. The original is done in white silk, with colored silk embroidery. A narrow pink silk ribbon serves as the edge binding, and there are 3 wool ‘pages’ inside the case, for needle and pin storage. The original is in the collection of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.
Overall size of finished piece, approx. 2.5" wide x 4.25"; pincushion 1.25" w x 2.5" high. Measurement for ribbon loop for chatelaine use not included in these dimensions.
This kit contains all the materials (other than a needle and regular thread)and instructions to embroider and construct a needle case that will be both useful and decorative for today’s embroideress! Enjoy working on this lovely piece, and have a unique sewing tool when you're done!
Needlecase Embroidery Kit $35
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