A Happy Surprise

A few weeks ago I came across this vintage needle case that had been tucked away for years in a project bag in my sewing room closet:

Finding it was a happy surprise because I had completely forgotten about it. I’m pretty sure it was an estate sale find, maybe dating back to the 1990s.

I don’t know if the needle case is knitted or crocheted (maybe both?) but I can tell it was skillfully crafted. It’s about 4¾” wide and 4¾” long, not counting the loop. You can see how beautifully made it is. Take a peek inside:

The fabric on the back is a very finely woven cotton, perhaps a sateen, in a geometric print:

Boy, would I love to have a piece of that in my stash.

At first glance my needle case may look like a strawberry but you know what I saw when I came across it? A heart! That’s why I decided to wait till Valentine’s Day to write a post about it.

And now Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. We’re snowed in, as it happens. Not to worry. Knowing that snowfall was expected this week, I made my weekly grocery run earlier than usual and laid in a small supply of champagne and chocolate caramels which I will happily share with the DH:

I’m ready!





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7 Responses to A Happy Surprise

  1. LoisMarie says:

    That was adorable! Thanks for sharing! Glad you found it….now put it to good use!

  2. anna says:

    Hi Dawn! I’m envious of that needle case find! It appears to me that the base of the heart is knitted, and the outer edge, crocheted. What a beautiful button. Is it mother-of-pearl? Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Charlie. Champagne and caramels sounds perfect for a celebration. Now what kind of treat will CoCo be receiving, in honor of your love for her? An extra kitty-snack, perhaps!

  3. Diane says:

    Oh Nubs, that needle case is exquisite and so beautifully crafted. I can scarcely believe it has been packed away for years. For once I am happy you hang on to things! 😉

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  5. Donna says:

    What a beautiful and original needle case!!!

  6. Charlie says:

    So, lucky DH, me, got three wonderful chocolates, with champagne. Plus memories of over forty extremely happy years. Bring on more Valentine Days.

  7. Vickie Rooks says:

    Such a sweet needle case.

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