Thank you to Brighton Antique Society for your invitation to the Needlework Tool Collectors Society of Australia to share some of our interests with you today.
NTCSA is a small national organisation. We aim to increase knowledge of current and antique needlework tools and the skills they supported. Our group holds meetings regularly in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, and offers library and newsletter services to our members in Australia and in other countries.
Meetings usually include a presentation on specific needlework tools, a research theme such as chatelaines, work boxes, etuis, thimbles, knitting tools, half dolls, sewing birds, needle cases and more, or on types of needlework including antique textiles. We also have a show-N-tell session in support of the presentation or theme for the day, refreshments, and occasional sales tables. Other activities include workshops and site visits, and help in identifying obscure needlework tools and curiosities.