The Hand-book of Needlework

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Wiley & Putnam, 1842 - Needlework - 263 pages
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Very detailed description of needlework done in the 1800s. There are patterns for a few types of needlework. She covers tools, textiles and techniques. Easily understood even though it is written in old English. I have enjoyed it and will use this as a resource for many years to come.

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Page 43 - Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.
Page 14 - And he said, What hast thou done ? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength ; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
Page 121 - Cough their own knell, while, heedless of the sound, The silent circle fan themselves, and quake: But here the needle plies its busy task, The pattern grows; the well-depicted...
Page 17 - For round about the walls yclothed were With goodly arras of great majesty, Woven with gold and silke, so close and nere That the rich metall lurked privily, As faining to be hidd from envious eye ; Yet here, and there, and every where, unwares It...
Page 46 - England alone, amounts in each year to more than four millions of pounds' weight, for the production of which, myriads upon myriads of silk-worms are required. Fourteen thousand millions of animated creatures annually live and die to supply this little corner of the world with an article of luxury ! If astonishment be excited at this fact, let us extend our view into China, and survey the dense population of its widelyspread region...
Page 11 - I have a couple of nieces under my direction, who so often run gadding abroad, that I don't know where to have them. Their dress, their tea, and their visits, take up all their time ; and they go to bed as tired with doing nothing, as I am after quilting a whole under-petticoat.
Page 114 - ... striped, like those of the present day. This kind of cloth, of embroidered linen, appears to have been made in Egypt expressly for sails, and was bought by the Tyrians for that purpose ; but its use was confined to the...
Page 14 - Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth ; and from thy face shall I be hid : and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth : and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

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