12 Little Needle Cases

Follow along while I work on a year long project combining historical research with practical application of embroidery techniques.

September: Needle Lace

Needle lace was the first new thing I learned at my first event in the SCA. I learned a little needle lace edging for a handkerchief (that is yet unfinished, alas). But it lead to the creation of this beautiful bunny: Now, the casual embroiderer might ask “What is going on there?” and “How is… Continue reading September: Needle Lace

August: Goldwork

When I started my little Saint Catherine needle case I knew she would be a lot of work. So I suppose it makes sense she should be broken up into two months. This month I will be working on the goldwork of her gown. From looking at the Bowden Cope, there are several different types… Continue reading August: Goldwork

Lacis: Starts and Stops

Lacis is hard. Its difficult to wrap your head around. My best advice is to do a bunch of samples before you start. Practice twists and turns. Then do a small piece like one of my flowers. And don’t be afraid to get this far and start over. Because once you get it, and getting… Continue reading Lacis: Starts and Stops

July: Lacis

Lacis is one of those strange forms of embroidery that is daunting and difficult because it is so alien to the usual suspects of embroidery (i.e.: stitching on fabric). However, it is no different from needle lace, which is very similar to button hole and three dimensional embroideries found on padded work, and can use… Continue reading July: Lacis

May: Counted Work

This month’s needle case is a beautiful Italian cross stitch negative space design of three acorns patterned from a ca. 16th century modelbook.

April: A Laid and Couched Lion

Have I ever said I love working with natural fibers? There is just something wonderful about working with wool. Its sticky, and sticks to the fabric, which is sometimes problematic, but I love the way it works up for embroidery. Working with wool thread in this piece was magical. To read about how I selected… Continue reading April: A Laid and Couched Lion


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Me showing an embroidery to the Queen of the East Kingdom

About the 12 Little Needle Cases Project

12 Little Needle Cases is a year long project with the goal of creating 12 completed Needle Cases, each in a different embroidery style.

Each month I will write a post introducing the embroidery technique, historical samples, and the plan for my design. At the end of the month I will write a post including a step by step instructions for the needle case.

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