I took the time last night after I wrote the my previous post about 'The Cult of the Needle' to find out more about Flora. I wonder if she would mind if I called her by her first name? I should think not after making fun of her essay or part of it anyway.
Come to find out she was a prolific author of at least 57 books ranging from needle work instruction to childrens stories to funny sketches based on her neighbors in her small village to a how to book on writing. This last book I've mentioned called 'The Lure of the Pen' I have just begun to read.
Okay so much of her opinions are outdated but in a 100 years I'm sure that fun will be made of me as well. According to Wikipedia she wrote 'The Cult of the Needle' in 1914. And wouldn't we all be of similar opinions on the do's and don'ts of stitchery?
Obviously, she was much more successful and knowledgeable than I in all things. And I would have loved to learn from her own hand about needlework - maybe sitting in her own circle of ladies invited to her home for tea and stitching!
Well excuse me now while I daydream about Mrs. Flora Klickmann and search for her old books online. There are a few available elctronically through Google Reader. Others are priced out of my range as they now are collectors items. I will keep my eye open in antique and used bookstores.
A good resource to learn more about Flora is at Stella's Books:
If you have any of these books I would love to hear more about them. What do you think?
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage