Needlework Tool Collectors Society of Australia


The Needlework Tool Collectors Society of Australia aims to increase knowledge of all (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 throughout 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, halfdolls, sewing birds, needlecases 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.

The pandemic has caused changes to scheduling the Society's next Biennial conference..At previous ones, Delegates enjoyed listening to lecturers and specialist collectors who share their knowledge generously on the history of antique, vintage or modern needlework tools and accessories. There's information on past conferences on our HISTORY page. We have a facebook page too at Needlework Tools

Curious about the pictures on this site? At the moment many are examples of antique pieces that are favourites among collectors, plus reproductions and modern pieces too. Above is an Avery brass needle-packet holder in the form of a worktable c1876.

Becoming a Member

You can contact the NTCSA on our facebook page at or Download a Membership application here