I found another interesting needlework book from the late 1800s or early 1900s. There isn't a publication date on the title page so we can only make an educated guess. And as usual I've spent more time entertained by the arcane opinions of the author about the embroiderer's role in society than studying the stitches. Great fun! Especially since the advice and admonishments are so outdated giving us a view into the challenges that women faced.
What I liked best was the advise about the construction of ladies underwear. Though it is shocking that the word 'underwear' was used instead of 'undergarment' we mustn't use this against the author.
All in all I have been inspired by - dare I say 'Ms.' -Flora Klickmann and hope to never use the "cheap and nasty" lace that she speaks of and always strive to "foster a love of truth and sincerity."
Flora Klickmann has written many other essays that are scattered throughout the book that you may enjoy. This is an excerpt from the essay called 'How Needlework Reveals Our Aims'.
The Cult of the Needle
This book is provided for public use from the Antique Pattern Library. It can not be copied for sale.
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage