Tuesday, January 08, 2008
More than meets the eye
A few years ago a dear neighbor gave me an antique needle case as a birthday gift. It had once belonged to an elderly lady whom she had known in New England. As I began to examine it, I soon discovered that it was no ordinary needle case.
If you unscrew the cap, you find that the case contains a triple bobbin -- very convenient for stitching up little wardrobe mishaps.
The knob on the end of the bobbin unscrews to reveal needles hidden safely inside:
Very useful, to be sure. But there is one more secret to this unusual needle case. The bottom also unscrews, revealing a compartment perfect for a few buttons:
What appears at first to be a stick of carved wood turns out to be a complete little sewing kit, contained within its own burl wood sheath. It's certainly more than meets the eye -- and in that way I suppose it resembles a person.
Except, of course, that people don't have handy compartments for extra buttons.