Monday, April 18, 2022

Piecework Bodkin Holder Pattern

The summer 2022 edition of Piecework magazine is hitting the stands April 26, 2022.

I am so excited to have an article AND pattern in this issue.  
While bodkins are covered in my book, "Antique American Needlework Tools" I didn't have room to dive as deep as I would have liked.  Also included is the pattern to make the sweet floral trim bodkin holder.

In addition to bodkin history and the bodkin bolster instructions, there are several photos of bodkins and bodkin holders for inspiration.  Including a special Mother of Pearl Royal Palais Etui set.

I know many of you are makers - so we also put together a few kits from vintage supplies to reproduce the bodkin holders.  You supply the bodkins.
One kit makes 2 bodkins, one of each style HERE
    (Note: Because the skirt braid is antique, colors in the kits will vary)

You can embellish them with many stitches, or none!  Lot's of ideas!

Kit Contents: Pattern, supplies to make 2 bodkin holders
*You supply basic sewing supplies; sewing needle, thread etc.

Look for this cover:

(Paper or Digital)
Subscribe and Buy the issue HERE

Happy Stitching!


  1. Oh how wonderful! I just ordered the issue. I used to subscribe, but have cut down on my subscriptions in the past few years. Can't wait to read your article. Have a great day.

  2. I got this issue in the mail a few days ago, and already read the article. We'll not discuss how long I looked at the photos before realizing the bodkins slip under the outer decorative stitches, not fit inside the holders somehow. Yes, it was late and I was tired :-) Then I read the article the next day.
    I may have to make one to go with the sewing set I just finished.
    Are there any other categories of needlework tools that didn't get as much coverage as you'd have liked in your book? Is there any chance of another book covering items that had to be left out?


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