Willing Hands by Betsy Morgan

Discover the wonders that await inside each embroidered case as Betsy shares how to stitch and construct not only the etuis, but every pin cushion, thimble case, scissor sheath, fob, thread winder and needlebook.

For more than two decades Betsy Morgan has captivated the needlework community with her delightful etuis and charming stitching accessories.

Now, for the very first time, a wonderful selection of her endearing designs has been brought together in one publication to celebrate her amazing career; designing, creating and teaching her beautiful counted thread work.

8 etuis, 36 accessories, over 90 cross stitch charts using 36 different counted thread techniques.

Featured Projects

'Willing Hands' features the following projects:

  • Toy Chest Etui
    Charming box etui shaped like a toy chest with antique toy-inspired accessories including a doll scissor sheath, Jacob’s ladder needlebook, primer pincushion, block button box, cup-and-ball thimble holder, drum waxer box and pencil basket scissor fob.
  • Helix Etui
    Etui pouch with unique spiral construction and matching accessories including a scissor sheath, pincushion, tool pouch and scissor fob, all stitched with vibrant colours.
  • This One’s for Betty Etui
    Biscornu-shaped etui adorned with beautiful floral, fruit and geometric designs. Accessories include a needlebook, waxer box, pincushion, thimble bag, button pocket and scissor fob.
  • Elizabethan Casket Etui
    Superb box etui inspired by a 17th century embroidered casket and a range of sampler styles. Accessories include a thimble bag, needlebook, pin cube and scissor fob.
  • Virgin Queen’s Stitching Wallet
    Folding wallet etui decorated with abundant floral and fruit designs using a pretty colour palette. Accessories include two thread winders, a needlebook and scissor fob.
  • Pioneer Girl’s Book Etui
    Nostalgic sampler etui that opens like a book revealing a pin roll and two boxes to hold stitching accessories including a scissor pocket, two thread winders and a scissor fob.
  • The Swan’s Bower Etui
    Elegant, folding etui accessorised with a needle holder and pockets to contain a scissor sheath, scissor fob and thread minder.
  • Emie’s Etui
    Folding wallet etui with bands of flowers, pomegranates, acorns and geometric designs in stunning colours. Pockets hold a large needlebook, thread winder and scissor fob. A thimble bag is attached to the closure loop.


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