Susanna Wesley's needlecase, c. 1900
Black and white photograph of a framed sewing etui or needlecase. The etui is made from green silk and is very unusual, in that it rolls out and becomes a length of material, embroidered with numbers. The numbers denote inches, so the needlecase, once unrolled, can be used as a measuring tape for sewing. Both stitching and embroidery are very finely carried out.
Traditionally, this needlecase has been associated with Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), mother of John Wesley. in this photograph it is shown framed for a Wesleyana exhibition in the late 1800s, with hand-written provenance notes below.