I made a gift

A gift or present is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation. A gift is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return. Today I made a gift,for a friend. It is a gift made of cotton,of wool,of linen,of buttons,of thread. It is called a "huswife" or needle roll. These types of needle rolls were ubiquitous two centuries ago. Commonly carried by women or girls,they held tiny scissors,buttons or precious pins from a peddler man. They were also used by soldiers and sailors for necessary mending... This one has a pocket for storing,a place to tie a pair of scissors and a pincushion stuffed with bits of wool and dried sweet annie .There is a needle keep from wool and I left behind the needle used to make this...it is made by hand...the stitches are meant to be shown,it is to look old,aged,although this one was made with more modern fabrics it still has the feel of long ago. It is rolled,and wrapped with waxed thread around a special button...pewter. It will soon be sent,to a friend. I hope that she will like it.

Comments

kim said…
Oh, she will LOVE it! It is beautiful. I think your needle keeps are just the most adorable gifts. Truly.
MrPuffy said…
It's really wonderful and will be treasured by the lucky recipient!

I love the way you described it - reminds me of the civil war era and the soldiers that fought so gallantly with so little.
This is absolutely beautiful...i love the aged, pre loved look and the handmade goodness that has gone into creating it...you have created an heirloom that will be treasured for ever i am sure...
Steffen Tuck said…
T, this is a really lovely idea, beautifully put together and thought through- did you make up the pattern or follow something? Great idea for Christmas.
Eliza said…
That is very cool! I am also curious if there's a pattern...
Lin said…
She will love it! fabulous!
Functional art. As with everything you do, pure beauty.
TLCknits said…
a treasure.. truly... a sculpture of elements. your friend is very lucky!
Jane said…
so, so pretty theresa! what a wonderful gift!
zebraknits said…
It's sentimentally beautiful! What a neat way to store such little tools!!
robyn said…
Thats a lovely gift.

You did a great job!!
BizzyMommyKnits said…
perfect! i'm sure it will be treasured! i loooove mine!
Alison Boon said…
What could yor friend not love about this gift. it's stunning. Pretty, stylish and practical too.
tiennie said…
It's a wonderful gift you made!!
nicole said…
How can she not love such a delightful gift? It's so beautifully made, and with love.
absolutely lovely.
and i love that it is sewn by hand. and that you left the needle you used behind.
she will LOVE it!
MOONSTITCHES said…
It's beautiful. I like the hand stitching and the rough edges on the woolen piece for the needles.
greenolive said…
was it Al? I'm sure she'll love it.
charlotte said…
i love the finishing, and the fabrics. what a pefect gift :)
kirsten said…
all i can say (other than how much i love this!) is: lucky, lucky alison. ;)
mistybliss said…
of course she loved it...
so beautiful x
Kitty Kitty said…
what a sweet and wonderful gift. it is absolutely lovely.
pogm said…
Its really beautiful. What a generous gift!
vanessa said…
Things of old............... reviving old traditions................... just wonderful, this gift.

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