A Beautiful Victorian Needle Case

This Needle Case is an authentic Victorian craft. It was published in 1887 and shows how creative ladies could be when it came to reusing items found around the home.


Make the Needle Case foundation with visiting cards, covered with olive green satin, with an embroidered center of white silk.

Green Satin and White Silk Victorian Needle case

Work the embroidery with colored filoselles, as shown in Detail A, and in SATIN STITCH. Scarlet flannel, cut into leaves, and finished with a vandyke edge, forms the inside pages, and a bodkin attached to a narrow green ribbon is used to fasten the Case together.

Needle case embroidery detail

If you don’t have any visiting cards handy or you wish to make this in a different size, use card stock cut to the specific size you want. For the inside pages, if no flannel is available, any fabric that does not fray when cut will do nicely.

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