Instructions-only costs $10.

The kit including the chart/instructions and everything needed to complete the case (the purchaser only needs to supply sewing thread to match the lining) is $20.

Antique Needlecase

The needle book has been charted from an item in the collection of the Museum of the Embroiderers’ Guild SA Inc.

“The perforated card (Bristol Board) covers of the original needle book have been embroidered in cross stitch in silks of soft tan and green colours with repeat patterns including flowers on the front and acorns on the back. The covers are lined with pale turquoise moiré silk. The edges and back are bound with a deeper turquoise silk ribbon which is also used as ties. The four flannel pages have been cut with decorative scalloped edges and a pattern of small round holes. Eleven needles are still in place.

The needlebook came from the estate of Miss Natalie Jeffs who died 22nd March 1987 aged 81. It was formerly the property of her mother, Sarah, wife of Will Jeffs of Kapunda. Sarah Ann was born on the 22nd November 1863 at Victoria Township, the daughter of William Walkington Slight and Jan Chapel Tratten. On March 31st 1902, she married William Jeffs at Kapunda.”

The original needle book was worked on 18 count Perforated Paper. This count is not available today. The needle book you will make is not the same size as the original, and the design has had to be adapted to suit the different count Perforated paper.

The chart/instructions only cost $25.

The kit of chart/instructions, linen and threads is $60.

Band Sampler

Early in 2013 two of our talented members were looking through the latest museum exhibition and discussing the various items on display when an idea for a sampler occurred to them. These ladies, after examining many embroideries in the collection and spending many hours on trialling patterns, threads and colours, have produced a beautiful and unique band sampler. This sampler, on display at the Guild headquarters, gives a variety of counted stitch and cutwork bands with clear detailed  instructions making it  suitable for embroiderers of all levels.

Worked on 32 Count Permin “White Chocolate” linen it has a finished size of 11cm x 45cm and uses DMC stranded cotton and Perle cottons. It is on sale from the office and all profits are kept by the Guild. We are very fortunate to have such talented people in the Guild willing to share their skills and time so a very big thank you to Christine Bishop and Carol Young.

Price + Shipping costs:

$20.00 + $1.95
New Zealand:
$20.00 + $6.05
Asia/Pacific region:
$20.00 +  $6.20
Rest of world:
$20.00 + $8.00

Lace in Delicate Detail CD

The CD of the Lace in Delicate Detail exhibition features 62 large images and 36 detail images of selected pieces.

Examples of the following needle made laces can be seen on the CD:

  • Point de Venise
  • Hollie Point
  • Youghal Lace
  • Oya
  • Point de Gaze
  • Carrickmacross
  • Applique & Guipure
  • Filet Lace
  • Whitework.

Instructions-only is $20

Instructions and kit is $40

Jane Reynolds sampler

This sampler has been charted from the original Jane Reynolds sampler which is in the Museum collection of the Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Inc.

Jane was born on 20/4/1846 and died in 1926. Her parents were Henry and Sarah Reynolds. 

Jane completed this sampler on 25/10/1860 aged 14½ years as a student at Manxtown School, South Australia. Manxtown was situated near Woodside. Education records show a ‘Manxtown School’ in the district being opened in 1859 and closed in 1881.

On 24/4/1866 she married Henry Collis Richardson (1837 – 1910) at his father’s house. Henry was an architect and alderman of the city of Adelaide. They lived in a house on Sturt Street, Adelaide, where Henry set up his office at the same address.

Charted and stitched by: Carol Mullan for the Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Inc.

Please contact us for more information about purchasing any of these items. Items are able to be picked up from the museum, or postage can be organised on request.