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Needle case - The Hexagonal Needle Case

The Hexagonal Needle Case

  • Object:

    Needle case

  • Place of origin:

    Redditch (made)

  • Date:

    1920 - 1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris & Yeomans Ltd (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Card, fabric and paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eileen Brock

  • Museum number:

    B.336-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Morris & Yeomans was a needle manufacturer based in Redditch from 1870. As well as needles, they produced accessories and sewing-related souvenirs. This pretty needle case is based on a traditional hexagonal quilt block, often used by quilters as a pattern for a needle case or pin cushion. It is decorated with decoupage flowers, and does not seem to have been used.
This object was owned by Eileen Brock (born 1915), a keen seamstress in her childhood.

Physical description

Gold coloured fabric over padding, mounted onto a thick card hexagon. The top of the needle case is embellished with paper cut outs of brown strips and a bouquet of pink and white flowers. The back of the needle case features the manufacturer's name and name of the product in blue, yellow and red.

Place of Origin

Redditch (made)

Date

1920 - 1929 (made)

Artist/maker

Morris & Yeomans Ltd (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Card, fabric and paper

Marks and inscriptions

'THE HEXAGON / NEEDLE CASE'
'MORRIS & YEOMANS'
On reverse

Dimensions

Width: 6 cm

Object history note

Belonged to the donor as a child.

Descriptive line

Gold coloured fabric needle case with paper flowers, Morris & Yeomans, 1920s

Materials

Card; Cloth; Paper

Techniques

Padding

Categories

Children & Childhood; Needlework accessories

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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