I had to do a little bit of mending this morning so out came the needle case which used to be my Mother’s. For some reason I looked at it anew and suddenly I felt very proud of it.
While she was still at primary school my sister made this for our Mother. I think the stitchery is quite good for a ten year old to have done. Mother’s initial was N hence the central design.
What makes this extra special is that it was made sometime around 1953 using recycled materials. The tapestry thread was from pulled-down old garments and the pages are from old shirts. I think the tapestry canvas must have been new, but that’s it. This means that I am using something made from recycled stuff around sixty years ago and it is still going strong. And it is still helping me to make do and mend.