I opened the first page and was so happy to see that the book was first published in 1923 and I had bought the 6th edition of 1932.
I have to show you the first page and just quote a little from the opening lines......
Simple stitches such as running, herringbone, button - hole and chain stitch, etc, with which most of us are familiar, and well chosen materials, are all that are necessary to make really attractive embroideries.
Elaborate fine work is not necessary, and the design, which usually suggests such difficulties to the beginner, is a perfectly simple matter with a knowledge of theses stitches and their possibilities, as they themselves practically make the design, only a little planning and spacing being necessary.
It is only from ignorance that so many people rely on transfer designs supplied by needlework shops. Where is the fun in working someone else's ideas ?
The above opening lines in this fabulous book really did make me chuckle !! They were so forthright back then. I do not fully agree with them because everyone who wishes to, has to learn somehow.
I of course love designing but others may like to have more structured guidelines, especially when learning.
There are sections on Flower sprays, borders, stitches, planning of decoration and floral and geometrical medallions ... Then I thought well is that not you want from others .. to copy your work? but at all times they say it is for suggestions and encourage you to have a go on your own. Indeed they are merely suggesting and showing how.
There are hanker chief cases, table runners and babies bonnets along with cushion covers and tray clothes, this really is a most beautiful find and a treasure in my collection.
I have ideas, for when we move, to do and share from these wonderful vintage pieces of history and craft and so I eagerly collect them when I see ones I like. So of course they are always on my list of 'look out' for at vintage fairs and jumbles.
Well I am off now to my work and also a little meet up today with a lovely vintage friend (no not old just one of my vintage buddies!!) she has a little shop now and I want to go and see it and have a catch up coffee so my working day is a little shorter than usual, but sometimes other things matter more, and seeing her achievements is one of them. I will, with her permission take some photo's for you.
So take care and enjoy your day and as always .... Happy Stitching!