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Handicrafts In The Home | by Mabel Tuke Priestman



Parts of this book have already appeared in magazines, and I take this opportunity of thanking the Editors of American Homes and Gardens, The Delineator, The Designer, Harper's Bazaar (Harper & Brothers), Home Needlework Magazine, House Beautiful, The International Studio, and New Idea Women's Magazine, for their courtesy in allowing me to republish text or photographs which they have previously published.

TitleHandicrafts In The Home
AuthorMabel Tuke Priestman
PublisherA. C. Mcclurg & CO.
Year1910
Copyright1910, A. C. Mcclurg & CO.
AmazonHandicrafts in the Home

By Mabel Tuke Priestman, Author Of "Art And Economy In Home Decoration" And "Artistic Homes"

With Seventy-Five Illustrations

Chicago A. C. Mcclurg & GO.

Chicago A. C. Mcclurg & CO.

-Chapter I. Introduction
This book is not intended to take the place or lessen the need of a thorough training in design and craftsmanship, such as is obtainable at the Art Schools, but it is hoped that it may gain recruits f...
-Chapter II. Piercing Sheet Metal
Working in sheet metal appeals very strongly to all craft-workers. There are a great variety of methods in which it can be treated. First there is the bending and beating of the metal into all kinds o...
-Piercing Sheet Metal. Continued
Hall Or Piazza Lantern With Bayberry Candle. Electric Lamp From The Forest Craft Guild. The book-racks, shade, and hat-brush show some interesting work of the students of the Pratt Institute, Br...
-Chapter III. Repousse. Work
The more advanced processes of meta work, such as delicate embossing chasing, and enamelling, require an extensive outfit, but a great deal that is very decorative can be done with a very small equipm...
-How To Make A Bowl
It is best for a beginner to start with the making of a bowl. Take a piece of 19-gauge sheet copper, and with the aid of the compass make two inner circles, with a 2- and the other with a 1-inch radiu...
-Copper Tray
A copper tray is another of the easy things upon which beginners usually try their skill. The piece of metal, instead of being placed in the concave ends of the block, is hammered with the wooden mall...
-Repousse Work
It will be noticed in our illustration of platters and a desk set, that some of the pieces are decorated in repousse work. This is done by beating up from the back of a yielding bed, which may be eith...
-Chapter IV. Etching On Metal
The making of hammered copper or brass vessels is the same for etching as for pierced, perforated, or respousse work, but there is a fascination about etching that appeals strongly to the craft-worker...
-Chapter V. Pottery-Making
There are numerous opportunities for adding beautiful decorative pieces of useful pottery to the home, in the way of lamp bowls, candlesticks, dishes for flowen or fruit, and all kinds of decorative j...
-Pottery-Making. Continued
A cylindrical form is the easiest to begin with. The different placings of the hands Simple Pottery Made By Art Students Of V.W.C.A., New York. A Group Of Simple Candlesticks. If the shape is n...
-Chapter VI. Wood-Carving And Chip-Carving
IT is comparatively easy, with a little practice, to become a good wood-carver. There are few occupations that are more engrossing, and that repay better for the time spent in learning them. It requir...
-Chip-Carving
Chip-carving is another form of wood-carving. It is not so complicated, however, as it can be done with a single tool. In chip-carving the patterns are made by chipping little pieces of wood away, and...
-Chapter VII. Stencil Craft
The use of the stencil has become a strong factor in the decoration of the home, and when the designs and colour are of exceptional merit it adds a distinctive and harmonious note. A study of the spac...
-Chapter VIII. Stencilling By Means Of Acids
There are a great many interesting developments in the line of stencilling that can be evolved by those who are interested in experimenting, and one of the most fascinating of these is the stencilling...
-Chapter IX. Block Printing
The beautiful cottons from the East, printed by means of block prints, have a charm and interest which people of taste are quick to appreciate. At one time printing on materials could only be done by ...
-Chapter X. Batik: An Ancient Javanese Handcraft
Batik-making is one of the oldest arts in the world, having been done by the native Javanese women and children for many generations. For some years past several artists in Holland have tried to follo...
-Batik
The name batik has its origin in the native cotton cloth or battek worn by the Javanese, a people possessing a knowledge of art and literature before the Mohammedan and European conquests. The sar...
-Chapter XI. Leather Work
The art of leather work can be learned very easily, as it consists of drawing upon dampened material, so that any girl who can draw will be able to make beautiful and original pieces of leather work, ...
-Leather Work. Continued
Table-Cloth Designed And Executed By Miss H. K. FBes. Blotters. Card Cases And Book Racks. The bags, cushion, and book-rack in the illustrations are not ornamented by tooling, but by burni...
-Chapter XII. Pyrography
Pyrography, or Burnt Work as it is often called, signifies etching or writing with fire. It is a method of burning designs on wood, leather, paper, ivory, etc. This decorative art can be one of the ...
-Pyrography. Continued
Settle Designed And Executed By Miss H. K. Fobes. Any of these trifling obstructions are liable to hinder progress. If, however, the bulb bursts it is not irreparable; it can be patched. There are q...
-Chapter XIII. Marine Mosaics - Decorative Window Treatment
Anew and original scheme of decoration has aroused much interest within the last few years. It is known by the name of Marine Mosaics, and consists of a clever adaptation of shells, stones, and glas...
-Decorative Window Treatment
A clever idea for decorative effects in windows closely resembles the most beautiful stained glass, and yet its slight cost brings it within the reach of all those who have the skill to make beautiful...
-Chapter XIV. Home-Made Furniture
Good substantial furniture that will last a lifetime and will stand any amount of knocking about is not easy to find, unless a price is paid too expensive for the majority. There are so many simple a...
-Home-Made Furniture. Continued
A sideboard, which in its better days had been a mahogany bureau, was made by a skilful girl. The three lower drawers were removed, the top drawer being left for the spoons and forks. The doors were m...
-Chapter XV. Hand-Woven Rugs
The art of weaving is one of the most interesting and fascinating pursuits, and it is easily learned by those who are willing to master the technique of the loom, and to pay attention to the numerous ...
-Hand-Woven Rugs. Continued
It is not always possible to obtain materials that will hold their colour, but there is a great difference in the quality of the dyes used in the materials obtainable. Indigo blues and turkey reds can...
-Dyeing
This is another department in successful rug-making, but a most important one, and the fascination of the dye-pot beguiles many women in country districts into evolving all sorts of beautiful colour s...
-Copperas
Copperas can be bought at any country-store, and gives a fast nankeen-coloured dye. A beautiful pale green can be made by dipping the nankeen - coloured material into the indigo tub. In dyeing with v...
-Chapter XVI. Fancy Pattern Weaving
Fancy weaving of all kinds has lately become very popular. The rapidity with which beautiful pieces can be woven make it a fascinating occupation. Those who have taken up weaving seriously have bought...
-Chapter XVII. Crocheted Rugs
IT is quite surprising what artistic rugs can be made from rags that have been torn into strips from one-half to an inch in width and dyed some pretty shade. Fine muslin, heavy unbleached muslin, and ...
-Chapter XVIII. Pulled Rugs
Pulled rugs that are made by craft-workers to-day bear little resemblance to the hideous pulled rugs of previous generations. In olden days, the cat, dog, and cow vied with each other for supremacy fo...
-Marking out the Design
Having made or bought a good design for the hooked rug, it should be transferred to the burlap by means of a stencil. Lay the burlap as smoothly as possible upon a table, and place the stencil on it s...
-Rug Dyeing
Where it is possible, it is best to use good vegetable dyes, but as these are very hard to obtain, there are numerous other dyes which can be used, all of which necessitate a careful following of the ...
-Chapter XIX. Beaded Drawn Work And Other Novelties
The longing for something new is in the heart of every woman. While the ability to invent is not given to all, there are many who are quick to adapt the novel ideas of others to their own immediate ne...
-String Lace
Another new idea that appeals to drawn-thread workers is the making of lace from string. It somewhat resembles applique and stained glass, although it has the characteristics of lace. It is in reality...
-A Bead Curtain
A new idea for curtains has just been developed by a another clever craft-worker. Geometrical designs are drawn on the material, which may either be burlap, or monk's cloth, or any heavy cotton materi...
-Chapter XX. Netting
The uses to which netting can be put are numerous, as not only can they be used for centre-cloths and doilies, but they give a specially piquant look to soft white linen curtains so charming in Coloni...
-Chapter XXI. Old-Time Quilting
Many beautiful quilts made by our grandmothers are now treasured possessions in the homes of to-day. There is a charm about the exquisite workmanship and quaint colourings that appeals to us, and it i...
-Chapter XXII. Artistic Darning
The needle-workers of to-day have much cause for congratulation that the most appreciated and most artistic kinds of needlework are those that require the least labour. In comparing embroidery of even...
-Chapter XXIII. Ribbon Work
Many believe that the fashion for ribbon embroidery is entirely new, but our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were adepts at this kind of work, and many are the dainty work-bags and scented sachets...
-Chapter XXIV. Raffia Needlework
Within the last few years raffia has not only been used for basketry, lamp shades, candle shades, and mats, but it has been used as thread in needlework in place of silk or linen. Raffia is a tough fi...
-Chapter XXV. Applique
Appropriate and artistic schemes for curtaining the home can be made from the infinite variety of fabrics now obtainable for applique. A description of these fabrics, with suggestions as to how they m...
-Stitches And Method Of Applique
The modern applique is very simple, and entails a minimum amount of labour for the artistic effects obtained. The piece to be applied is first basted into place, but should not be glued or backed like...









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