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.


  1. That needle case is pretty nifty! It's amazing that it holds all that! Oh, and I love pomegranates.

  2. Thay is soooo awesome! I adore antiques...and when they hold little surprises, well that is evev better. Do you know if the items inside are from the era it was made?

    Just so neat:-)

  3. Sommer,

    I don't think the items inside are actually antique, but I could be wrong. I think my neighbor filled up the little stash of goodies for me. But come to think of it, the buttons don't have a modern feel... Now you've got me wondering! :-)

    Yours in Christ,


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