The Life and Work of Needlesmith, Bernice E. Butler, by Denise Allen

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March 15, 2015 by petrujviljoen

It’s Women’s History Month – Nikkieskies (dotwordpressdotcom) features a blog a day with reference to women.

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A needlesmith is a person who makes a living with their hands sewing and doing needlework. Some needlesmiths’ are also men who excel in needlework design including weaving, embroidery, leatherwork, tailoring, sewing and design. This short story is about a very special woman I once knew who lived in Brooklyn, New York whose name is Mrs. Bernice E. Butler. I wanted to share Mrs. Butlers’ story because she was such a special woman in so many ways. She was an extraordinary gifted seamstress, clothes designer and embroideress. A woman of valor of great worth and integrity.


I met Mrs. Butler many moons ago and was honored to have the opportunity to sit with her one day to learn many intimate details about her life and sewing skills.

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