The Hand-book of Needlework

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Wiley & Putnam, 1842 - Needlework - 263 pages
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Page 41 - 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 12 - And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand...
Page 134 - We see in needle-works and embroideries it is more pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground. Judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed; for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Page 119 - 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 15 - 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 44 - 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 9 - 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.

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