I thought I would post a bit about Needlebooks as I now have a really cute one to share. Needlebooks, were and still are, a useful way to keep your needles handy without losing them to the floor, or the interior space of a pincushion. Historic needlebooks of the mid 19th century came in various sizes and shapes, some with embroidery, silk ribbons, beads etc. on the cover. There were needlebooks shaped like fish, sea shells, bellows, bells, shoes, bows, fruit, and almost anything you could concieve of. Some were shaped more like a traditional book decorated with ribbons. Inside the cover were leaves of wool to store the needles in. Wool was used as it wouldn't dull the tips and it would inhibit rusting. Some came with spaces to store a bodkin and or a stilleto, some with room for a small pair of scissors or loop for a thimble.
I am really finding these little books quite handy, and plan to keep one in most of my work spaces. Perhaps then I'll keep from losing the needles.