Charlotte Pocket Needlecase

top stitching edges

The Saltaire Arts Trail 2022 at Salts Mills, Bradford, was a brilliant weekend and I was delighted to be hosted in a wonderful textile shop nestled within the mill itself – the Stitch Society Shop owned by Charlotte Meek. As soon as she knew I was a stitcher, Charlotte kindly gave me access to her vintage cloth and garment off-cuts so I could start hand stitching a site specific piece as a memento of the weekend – and this included some of the iconic ticking from the shop. This inspired me to create the Charlotte Pocket Needlecase.

Aprons at The Stitch Society Shop
Aprons at The Stitch Society Shop

Before starting the project I played around with several cloth combinations and settled on blue and orange -then introduced some vintage Sylko red thread and vintage haberdashery found at the shop. My plan was to create a large pocket needle case to pin onto my apron.

collecting material ready to st
Collecting together some iconic Stitch Society cloth before stitching

The gorgeous text cloth mark needed a little extra stitching to enhance it.

Edge detail
Edge detail

The piece is embellished with handmade linen and cotton hexagons, a vintage button & handmade red cord, plus the iconic Stitch Society logo.

Pocket needle case using iconic cloth from the stitch society shop
Pocket needle-case

Inside the needle case, orange pages are filled with pins.

orange pages of cloth for pins
Orange pages of cloth for pins

Finally touches – a label on the back of the piece.

back of the work
The back of the piece

Size: 16 x 14 cm and entirely hand stitched.

Thank you to Charlotte for allowing me to use your iconic cloth in this project.

The Stitch Society Shop at  Salts Mill
The Stitch Society Shop at Salts Mill