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Published: 12 December 2020

By Andy Ross

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A sewing and needlework training book

Old books about sewing, needlework and other fibre crafts are always interesting. 

In the 1830s books, like this one from 1833 and this one from 1838, would have been Very Useful training manuals indeed. Young women would have used them to learn the necessary skills that, it was felt, would help them to get through life well. As records of textile history they are fascinating, and as documents of social history they are even more so. 

There are plenty of sources on the internet for these books, and free patterns abound. Here is a page of some embroidery books, with useful links included, and here is one for those looking for anything weave related. 

Thank you to the correspondent who sent links in. It is always good to hear from readers.