This is my vintage needle collection.
First, my favourites, the Flora MacDonalds:
I’ve yet to figure out what Flora Macdonald has to do with handwork, but I’m a big Flora fan, and a big needle fan, so it works for me.
Besides, how cute is she? The back of the packets are lovely too:
And the trademark is adorable:
I also have some not-quite-as-exciting needles:
The colours are all lovely though: orange, red, teal
And another great trademark:
The colours and graphic layouts of these two are very striking:
Redditch must have been an important needle making centre.
Not my favourite, but possibly the most fantastic, is this one:
I crack up every time I see it. Everything is so dramatic!
Those are awesome! I love the “Floras”–Flora is one of my favorite historical women–such a crazy-interesting life! Maybe she has namesake needles because she was so “sharp” (harhar)? Honestly, I don’t know of any connection, either…aside from dressing Bonnie Prince Charlie like a dame, no sewing stories come to mind, and that one’s kind of a stretch!
Lovely collection. If you’re such a fan of needles. Do you know the needlepackets and needlebooks by Maison Sajou? They are based on vintage one and absolutely beautiful. A bit costly though.
I have the Happy Home Needles too!!! They were my bf’s grandmother’s sewing needles. I don’t know if they were ever used, they’re all there 🙂
Woolworths (aka Woolies) is alive and well in Australia! I’ve seen it in NZ, too (it’s partnered with Countdown). I almost gasped when I saw it the first time, as I remember when it went bankrupt in the U.S. when I was a child. There used to be a similar type of store called Benjamin Franklin, too. Ah, memories!
I have several (hundreds) of different size Flora MacDonald needles if anyone is interested in buying some!! Original packaging, unused, and ready to sell them.
My family has run a reweaving business since the 50’s and I found a box of unused needles that we don’t really use for reweaving.
give me a call at +619-757-8110 if interested.