These vintage needle books contained only needles and some of them a tiny needle threader.
Very few are dated, and most were produced from the 1920's thru the 1950's or so. Many were promotional giveaways and clearly made for advertising. A picture or a logo of a product are usually found on the cover and nothing on the cover indicates "needles".
I also enjoy handmade needle books. They are so quick and easy to make, and can be made in a endless variety of styles!
This needle book was made by a dear friend of mine. She is a not only a dear friend, but a beautiful seamstress and quilter! She used the paper pieceing quilting technique to make this darling needle book.
This needle book was I project that I designed while taking a SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) Coorespondence Course for the SAGA Artisan Program.
Part of my lesson was to create a sampler of stitches that I had learned in the smocking course and use that sampler in a project. I created a window on the front of a needle book to insert my smocked sampler. The inside of the needle book contains several felt "pages" for placing needles of various sizes.
The other day I got an e-mail from a past customer, who used one of my past Southern Stitches design freebies and made this beautiful needle book! She asked if I still had the needle book available along with the lettering. I was pleased to tell her that I thought that I still had the instructions and download. I promised her that I would post it on my blog for a free download.
You can download the FREE needle book instructions and machine embroidery design file HERE. Please note that the flower design on the front of the needle book shown above is a different design from what is in the zip-file.
I also have two other alphabets that are free that you can use to design your own needle book HERE! If you want more of a selection of alphabets, I have quite a few to choose from on my Machine Embroideries 1 page.
I hope you enjoy the freebie and I would love to see and hear about needle books that you have made or collect!