Apr 17 2007

Needle Case

Published by at 11:21 am under Animal Materials

Needles are as a rule; small and fragile. Consequently being prone to loss and breakage. The needle case does the job of containing and protecting them towards breakage and dulling. Needle cases can be made very elaborately or very simply, from wood, antler, ivory or bone. This one can only be classed as very simple and is made from sheep bone. When I get my hands on some reindeer (caribou) leg bone I will make a bigger, more beautifully carved version.

This design is of Inuit origin, but I know that other natives, including the Scandianavian Saami used similar designs. The idea is simple. You have a hollow case, a leather/buckskin strip and two stopping devices. When closed it looks like the photo below. The needles are then protected inside the tube.

To open it, simply pull the opposite stopping device.

The needles are stuck into a buckskin pad.

A proper belt hanger could be made for it, but for this one I used only a stick to make sure the thong doesn’t go all the way through. I will just carry mine in a pouch.


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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Needle Case”

  1. Deanon 17 Apr 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Hi there…I like the needle case and love the blog.

    Thanks Robert for mentioning it on the BrainTan Hideout.

    See ya outside…

  2. torjusgaarenon 18 Apr 2007 at 8:52 am

    Thank you for the compliments on my needle case and our blog. 🙂

  3. Robert Retallickon 18 Apr 2007 at 9:35 pm

    That is really cool Torjus. I’ve never seen anything like that. I’m making one!

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