Susan Jane Thompson Deuel's crazy patchwork needle book, ca. 1880


A crazy quilt style needlecase, with an inside Kate Greenaway design from Briggs & Co book of patterns, page 100 #519. Briggs & Co. was founded in 1874. They invented the iron-on method for transferring an embroidery design onto a piece of fabric. Kate Greenaway was an English artist and illustrator/writer of children's book, cards, calendars and much more. Her subjects mainly consisted of children, young girls, flowers, and landscapes. Kate’s books were very popular in both Britain and America. Her artwork has endured and is still in print today. She was born in London, March 17, 1846 and died November 6, 1901.

The needlecase was embroidered by Susan Jane Thompson ca. 1880 who married John W. Deuel on March 15, 1853 in Gowanda, New York. She was born on March 9, 1830 in Derby, Connecticut to Ezra and Cornelia Baldwin Thompson and died on July 21, 1903 in Van Wies Point, New York. They had three daughters – Harriet, Bertha, and Sarah.

Date Made: ca. 1880

Maker: Deuel, Susan Thompson

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New YorkMade At: United States

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. A. S. Guimaraes

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T18171Catalog Number: T18171.000Accession Number: 1977.0179

Object Name: needlework caseneedle book

Physical Description: silk (overall material)velvet (overall material)ribbon (overall material)wool (overall material)embroidery floss (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 in x 9 in; 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_642092

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