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January 1, 2012

WHAT I'M DOING TONIGHT

Hi, Prim friends - I could look at 19th and 20th century needlework  books forever. I don't know what it is about
them, a simpler time? Attention to every detail in their
homes and wardrobe? The unhurried fashion that the
women seemed to go about in their world. But still they
managed to cook, clean, launder, be caregivers, then had
a quiet time at night to do their mending and marking of
linens, and some beautiful cross stitching or embroidery.
Needlework endures today, with our efforts to re-create
the work of so many girls and women that went before us.
I'm glad I'm a female!
Demonstrating the proper height and distance from table for needlework. The thread is drawn up as shown.
It's that attention to every detail again, these ladies certainly were efficient and organized.


Do a Google search on vintage needlework books and see
what you come up with. Demographics determine where the
search will go, I won't get the same results as you for example.  The books for American young ladies are really
fun, they include toys, games, rhymes and needlework and
sewing crafts. My favorite is the The American Girl's Book by Eliza Leslie. 
This book has some wonderful crafts projects for young
girls and they are wonderful early Colonial examples that
we can re-create. 

So I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into 19th century girls'
pastimes.
Good Nite Primmies,
Susan

                                      





6 comments:

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Susan!
I so enjoyed my visit and love your wonderful music and post!! I LOVE making pincushions and have heard of this book but have never seen it! Thankyou for the info and I will certainly see if I can find it!!
Many thanks and I wish you a very Happy New Year my friend!!
Many Blessings~~
Julie

Jennifer Gail said...

I always felt I was born in the wrong century. Till I want a big ole cheeseburger and milkshake that is. Oh and a warm house in the Winter.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful book! I like the felt pincushion mentioned at the end! I need to make one of those! ♥

Trace4J said...

What a very cool book. I too think I was born in the wrong era.
Happy New Years Friend!
Hugs to you
Trace

www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Lori Ann Corelis said...

Thank you for sharing these Susan . . I could read about needlework easily all day!

L

Christine LeFever said...

I am so with you, Susan, regarding the needlework world of old. I own a copy of the book by Miss Leslie. In fact my entire website is based on that book. I use the brick pincushion as a door stop! I designed my Eliza Sewie from one of her dollies in the book. Thank you so much for your beautiful post, music and all, and for visiting me!

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