As a keen seamstress I do have my fair share of needles for all purposes but have never really thought much about where they come from. At the Clent Hills camp site there was a brochure for the National Needle Museum in Redditch, just a short drive away, so I thought I would stop off and visit.
The museum was fascinating, it is housed in the original needle factory, dating from the late 1700s when the processes were driven by water. Redditch produced millions of needles, about 90% of the world’s production, and they were exported worldwide.
This meant that there were gorgeous displays made for national and international exhibitions. The companies also made surgical needles and fishing hooks.
There were also some great examples of how needles were used, from the textile group display of current craft on the first floor to examples of vintage craft.
It was fascinating to see the displays of needle packaging and needle cases over time.
If you are in the area it is well worth a visit. We are now back from Whitby where we had a lovely time as always and met some new people. I have bought lots of fab new jewellery for my latest outfits so will put together a post about the event when I can next access good internet.
I am about to leave Ellen’s now and go to my beloved Peak District for a few days. Normal UK weather has been resumed and it is forecast to be around 17 degrees and showers for the rest of the week!
Hope that you have a good week ahead, have fun, take care, stay safe and thanks for visiting.