To purchase a download of this video, please visit

Explore a potpourri of odd sewing tools

A lady's workbasket from times past contained a treasury of elegant implements. Scissors took a myriad of forms and were designed for elegance and refinement. Tatting shuttles matched their mistresses' graceful hand motions in design. Bodkins, stilettos, tape measures - especially in the nineteenth century these tools went beyond function and became personal treasures. Work boxes were made with beautiful woodcrafting and clever hidden compartments.

Join as Linda Ligon sits down with Loene in this needlework video as she:

  • Displays antique sewing tools and their intricate nature
  • Explains the historical relevance of each tool in her collection
  • Revels in the detailed craftsmanship that created each piece

In short, a lady's needlework tools were an expression of her personality and place in the world. Loene McIntyre takes you on a magic journey through some of the treasures in her extensive collection.


Loene McIntyre

Loene McIntyre is a designer and creative seamstress who took up the collecting of rare and interesting needlework tools two decades ago, and has never looked back. Her collection has graced the pages of PieceWork magazine and has been the focus of a one-woman museum show.

Video Reviews

Antique sewing notions

“This is a fascinating talk that is very well illustrated by gorgeously unique pieces. Thank you. ” - Katherine Georget

Very interesting

“Worth the view if you like sewing tools and history.” - Star Ferrin

Most interesting

“Perfect for the collector, or would-be collector, of sewing items.” - Sharon Marsh