"This is an amazing
book, considering the time at which it was written, and by whom.
The 'Lady' provides hundreds of clear line drawings, illustrating
the proper method of making children's clothing, bed draperies,
baskets, and probably anything else you would ever want to make
for the early 19th century. She also has a section of recipes for
care of the household, from stain removers to homemade ink. Highly
recomended for anyone interested in studying or recreating the early
to mid 19th".
E. Mays, Riverhead, NY.
"The value of The Workwoman's
Guide is that it
provides in its text and illustrations the original 19th century
instructions for making and cleaning clothing and accessories. Described
are hundreds of objects that were stitched from cloth, knitted from
yarn, braided, dyed or otherwise converted into utilitarian and
ornamental objects of clothing and household furnishing".
Caroline Sloat- American Antiquarian Society.
THE WORKWOMAN'S GUIDE
by a Lady
“One of the most important needlework manuals of
the 19th Century”
L.Z. Bassett, Textile Historian
Although she was too humble to identify herself, the English "lady" who authored The Workwoman¹s Guide created one of the most important needlework manuals of the 19th Century. The book is appropriately titles, for it is not a handbook of fancywork patterns for ladies of leisure but a comprehensive instructional text.
The modern researcher will find The Workwoman¹s guide especially rewarding to use, for here are head-to-toe descriptions of men¹s women¹s and children¹s clothing. Here are also instructions for making every sort of period household textile, including elegant bed hangings and window drapery.
COSTUME & FASHION - Each
item of apparel- for babies, children, men (laborers and gentlemen),
women (servants and society women) is graphically depicted both
in the stages of creation and completion.
INTERIOR DECORATION - Upholstering, bed draperies, window
blinds, cases and cover. The author guides the neophyte through
all the steps necessary to become and accomplished upholsterer.
STITCHING KNITTTING & PLATING - The bone stitch, shawl stitch,
network stitch, honeycomb stitch, French Stitch, and seam stitch
are just a few of the 35 different stitches described and pictured
for the knitter.
Paperback 368pp. 28cm x 22cm
ISBN # 0-9191606-4-3. LC Cat No.: 86-2855
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