This guy–I think it’s a guy–is meant to hold sewing items. The felt shirt flips up for needles to be stored in a piece of flannel, there are little skeins of thread around the ankles, and his tote holds thimbles. The right tote is missing but maybe it had tiny scissors in it or a wee pin cushion. I love stuff like this, sweet and charming. Maybe these things were little projects for learning sewing and embroidery techniques or just useful if you didn’t want to lug your sewing basket with you. I used a micron pen and watercolor on pastel paper. Had a little trouble with the shadows but it was still fun to draw and paint. It was also fun searching for these online when I was trying to figure out what to call it. Sewing “caddy” brought up wooden holders and vintage “etuis” are beautiful little ornamental cases which I especially enjoyed perusing. “Needle holders” was the most commonly used for these but I liked the British version–“needle minders.” I squandered some serious time in the name of research. Just for you.
Vintage Needle Minder