1838 THE WORKWOMAN'S GUIDE by a Lady
“One of the most important needlework manuals of the 19th Century”
Although she was too humble to identify herself, the English "lady" who authored The Workwoman¹s Guide created one of the most important needlework manuals of the 19th Century. The book is appropriately titles, for it is not a handbook of fancywork patterns for ladies of leisure but a comprehensive instructional text.
The modern researcher will find The Workwoman¹s guide especially rewarding to use, for here are head-to-toe descriptions of men¹s women¹s and children¹s clothing. Here are also instructions for making every sort of period household textile, including elegant bed hangings and window drapery.
COSTUME & FASHION - Each item of apparel- for babies, children, men (laborers and gentlemen), women (servants and society women) is graphically depicted both in the stages of creation and completion.
INTERIOR DECORATION - Upholstering, bed draperies, window blinds, cases and cover. The author guides the neophyte through all the steps necessary to become and accomplished upholsterer.
STITCHING KNITTTING & PLATING - The bone stitch, shawl stitch, network stitch, honeycomb stitch, French Stitch, and seam stitch are just a few of the 35 different stitches described and pictured for the knitter.
"This is an amazing book, considering the time at which it was written, and by whom. The 'Lady' provides hundreds of clear line drawings, illustrating the proper method of making children's clothing, bed draperies, baskets, and probably anything else you would ever want to make for the early 19th century. She also has a section of recipes for care of the household, from stain removers to homemade ink. Highly recomended for anyone interested in studying or recreating the early to mid 19th".
"The value of The Workwoman's Guide is that it
provides in its text and illustrations the original 19th century instructions for making and cleaning clothing and accessories. Described are hundreds of objects that were stitched from cloth, knitted from yarn, braided, dyed or otherwise converted into utilitarian and ornamental objects of clothing and household furnishing".
Caroline Sloat- American Antiquarian Society.