|original needle keeper|
|my new version|
About 25 years ago, I was a sweater designer visiting the Orient a few times a year to work with factories. Most of the time, I was in Hong Kong, and most often I was in some bland office working, but every so often, we would get a chance to get out and explore the city. I don't actually remember where I acquired the case, it may have been on an out of the way street market, or it could have been in a fancy antique store in the vast shopping malls. But I do remember that I had never seen anything like it. It was not expensive, it may not even be silver. But, it is beautiful.
I wear the needle keeper from time to time. It is always noticed, always a conversation starter. It has been the inspiration for many of my own creations, like the tiny secret keeper necklaces. I finally decided to make a more literal version of the necklace. My own design is constructed just like the original, though slightly smaller. It also has a skinny leather cord. I used my own floral textures for the design and added applique silver flowers. It is of course fine silver.
The first time I wore it it was noticed. It's been purchased and is gone.....until I make another incarnation.