This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
Fig. 6 - Showing the work and hands in position.
1. Thread the needle, but make no knot. 2. Hold the cloth over the forefinger of the left hand, keeping it in place with the thumb and second finger, as in Fig. 6.
3. Hold the needle between the thumb and the forefinger of the right hand.
4. Insert the needle from right to left, taking up a little of the cloth, and push the needle nearly through.
5. Take the pointed end of the needle between the thumb and cushion of the forefinger of the right hand.
6. Draw the needle and thread through, bringing the thimble finger down near the forefinger, with the thread passing between the third and little fingers. Keep the little finger nearly straight to guide the thread.
7. Repeat until the motion is learned.