This section is from the book "Progressive Lessons In The Art and Practice of Needlework", by Catherine F. Johnson. Also available from Amazon: Progressive Lessons In The Art And Practice Of Needlework.
It gives me much pleasure to say that I have seen the method of teaching the theory and practice of sewing, as set forth in this book, grow up in the public schools of Brookline, Mass., and can testify to the excellent results. The pupils have not only learned to sew well, but their study of drawing and English has been so combined with the instruction in sewing as to make it the foundation of an excellent mental training.
They also learn that sewing is not merely a useful handicraft, but an art, having its body of principles and rules, according to which it must be taught, to secure the best practical, as well as educational, results; that the fundamental principles of the art must determine the progressive series of lessons upon which the instruction must be based.
Any teacher who is an expert in the use of the needle, and will faithfully follow the method of this book, cannot fail to secure good results; and particularly, if she keep in mind that learning to sew is by no means the only end to be gained by the study of the subject.
I heartily commend this book to the attention of all who are in any way interested in the subject of Industrial Education.
John D. Runkle, Chairman of Industrial Committee of School Board.
Brookline, Mass., April 25, 1893.