Random Thoughts

November 15, 2009

One of the things I enjoy when I read antique and vintage needlework books is the advice and wisdom they offer…sometimesrandomthoughts quaint and sometimes very practical; even today. I was recently perusing The Ladies Self Instructor In Millinery & Mantua Making, Embroidery and Applique. This how-to book was first published in 1853 and I found a 1988 reprint in a used bookstore.

One of my favorite chapters offers “maxims for memory”. One such expression of needlework wisdom states that “in many departments of fancy needlework, great and unceasing care is requisite, in order to avoid faults which cannot afterwards be repaired…” In other words, work carefully so you don’t make mistakes!!


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