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The Ladies' Work-Table Book: Domestic Needlework in Nineteenth-Century America | by Margaret Vincent



If it be true that "home scenes are rendered happy or miserable in proportion to the good or evil influence exercised over them by woman - as sister, wife, or mother" - it will be admitted as a fact of the utmost importance, that every thing should be done to improve the taste, cultivate the understanding, and elevate the character of those "high priestesses" of our domestic sanctuaries. The page of history informs us, that the progress of any nation in morals, civilization, and refinement, is in proportion to the elevated or degraded position in which woman is placed in society; and the same instructive volume will enable us to perceive, that the fanciful creations of the needle, have exerted a marked influence over the pursuits and destinies of man.

TitleThe Ladies' Work-Table Book: Domestic Needlework in Nineteenth-Century America
AuthorMargaret Vincent
PublisherJ. Winchester
Year1844
Copyright1844, J. Winchester
AmazonThe Ladies' Work Table: Domestic Needlework in Nineteenth-Century America
The Ladies' Work Table Book: Book Cover

The Ladies' Work-Table Book;

Containing Clear And Practical Instructions

In Plain And Fancy Needlework,

Embroidery, Knitting, Netting, And Crochet.

With Numerous Engravings, Illustrative Of The Various Stitches In Those Useful And Fashionable Employments.

New-York: J. Winchester, 30 Ann-Street

1844

-Introduction
If it be true that home scenes are rendered happy or miserable in proportion to the good or evil influence exercised over them by woman - as sister, wife, or mother - it will be admitted as a fact o...
-Introduction. Continued
The needle is also capable of becoming an important monitor to the female heart; and we would impress this truth seriously upon their recollection, that as there is Sermons in stones, And good in...
-Chapter I. Materials And Implements For Working. Materials For Plain Needlework
The subject of this chapter is one to which it is hardly possible to pay too much attention; since, on the judicious selection of materials, depends, to a vast extent, the success of that prudent and ...
-Materials Foe Fancy Needlework
Canvas (coarse) eighteen threads to the inch. Work in cross stitch with double wool. This is proper for a foot-stool, sofa-pillow, etc. Canvas (very coarse) ten threads to the inch. Work in cross s...
-Materials For Knitting, Netting, And Crochet
Silk This material is extensively used in the various productions of which we are about to treat. The kinds usually employed in Knitting Netting, and Crochet, are purse silk, or twist; coarse and f...
-Brief Description Of Wools
German wool is the produce of the merino breed, in its highest state of cultivation, and is the best sheep's wool we possess. The merino fleece is brought to the greatest perfection in Saxony, and the...
-Necessary Implements For Fancy Needlework
Frames. Cross stitch needles. Sewing needles. Meshes, of various sizes - at least three. Chenille Needles. Pair of long sharp-pointed scissors. Cartridge Paper. Tissue Paper A fine piercer. Seam pierc...
-Chapter II. Plain Needlework. Explanation Of Stitches
BEfore commencing those directions, which we deem it necessary to place before our readers, in reference to this important portion of the work-table manual, we wish to say a word or two to our fair co...
-Plain Needlework. Explanation Of Stitches. Part 2
Whipping You cut the edge smooth, and divide into halves and quarters, as for gathering. You then roll the muslin or other material very lightly upon the finger, making use of the left thumb for th...
-Plain Needlework. Explanation Of Stitches. Part 3
Horse-Shoe Stitch This is done with thick, loosely-twisted cotton, or bobbin, and is worked from left to right, as shown in the accompanying engraving. It has a very neat and pretty appearance, whe...
-Chapter III. Plain Needlework. Instructions In The Preparation Of Body Linen
In order to secure economy of time, labor, and expense, and also to do everything neatly and in order, the lady who is intending to engage in the domestic employment of preparing linen necessary for p...
-Instructions In The Preparation Of Body Linen. Part 2
Vandyke Apron This may be made either of silk or muslin. The edge of the apron is to be turned down, once all round, on the right side, to the depth of three-quarters of a nail; and the Vandykes ar...
-Instructions In The Preparation Of Body Linen. Part 3
Frills These are used as ornaments, or a finish to various articles of dress. The materials are cambric muslin, lace, net, etc, and the manner in which they are made is various. Sometimes they are ...
-Instructions In The Preparation Of Body Linen. Part 4
Neck And Pocket Handkerchiefs These are made of a great variety of materials, as silk, muslin, cambric, lawn, and net. The neck handkerchiefs are generally a half square, and are hemmed all round. ...
-Instructions In The Preparation Of Body Linen. Part 5
A Ribbon Scarf This is made of broad satin ribbon, and must not be less than two nails and a half wide: its length is two yards and three quarters. The ribbon is to be doubled on the wrong, side, a...
-Instructions In The Preparation Of Body Linen. Part 6
Shirts These are generally made of linen; but calico is also made use of. The degree of fineness must be determined by the occupation and station of the wearer. A long piece of linen will, if cut w...
-Chapter IV. Plain Needlework. Instructions In The Preparation Of House Linen
Bed-Room Linen This includes quilts, blankets, sheets, pillow covers, towels, table covers, and pincushion covers. Quilts These are of various sizes and qualities, in accordance with the purp...
-Chapter V. Plain Needlework. Miscellaneous Instructions
Binding Various kinds of work have binding set on to them in preference to hemming them, or working them in herring-bone stitch. Flannel is generally bound; sometimes with a thin tape, made for tha...
-Chapter VI. Fancy Needlework. Explanation Of Stitches
The Art of Fancy Needlework is closely allied to the sister ones of Painting and Design ; and appears to have been well understood amongst the most polished nations of antiquity. We know that the art ...
-Fancy Needlework. Explanation Of Stitches. Continued
Gobelin Stitch This truly beautiful stitch is especially calculated for working on canvas traced with flowers, leaves, etc.; and also for working designs, copied from oil paintings. Bring your need...
-Chapter VII. Fancy Needlework. Explanation Of Patterns
The Beaufort Star This is a beautiful pattern, and will look well, as a centre, for any moderately-sized piece of work. Begin on the width of the canvas, and take twelve threads, reducing at every ...
-Suggestions As To Patterns
For bottle-stand, or any small piece of work, star patterns are very beautiful. The materials proper for working them, are silk and wool, with gold or any other kind of beads, and gold thread or twist...
-Chapter VIII. Fancy Needlework. Instructions In Embroidery
Embroidery With Silk The materials used as foundations, are various, embracing silk, satin, cloth, and velvet; and the silk employed in working is purse silk, deckers, half twist, and floss; but fl...
-Chapter IX. Fancy Needlework. Preparation Of Frames
This is a subject which must be carefully attended to, or much unnecessary trouble will be incurred in consequence. To Dress A Frame For Cross Stitch The canvas must be hemmed neatly round : the...
-Instructions For Working
Armorial Bearings Work the arms and crest in silk, as brilliancy is the thing here principally required. It will be proper that the scroll should be worked in wool. The contrast will have a pleasin...
-Chapter X. Fancy Needlework. Application Of Fancy Needlework To Useful Purposes
Lace This imitation is used as an elegant finish for carriage bags, sofa pillows, etc.; and also for ladies' work bags, to which it is both ornamental and becoming. Princess Royal This patter...
-Chapter XI. Fancy Needlework. Special Instructions
Instructions In Grounding Care must be taken in grounding to make the effect of contrast very conspicuous. Thus, if you ground in dark colors, your pattern should be worked in shades of a light and...
-Fancy Needlework. Special Instructions. Continued
We have now, we trust, placed before the young student of fancy needlework, such plain directions, in all things essential to the art, as cannot fail, if a proper degree of thought and attention is be...
-Chapter XII. Knitting. Explanation Of Stitches
Before entering upon the immediate subject of this chapter, we wish to make a few remarks; which, we trust, will be acceptable to our fair readers. The art of knitting is supposed to have been inve...
-Fancy Stitches In Knitting
Bee's Stitch In knitting a purse in this stitch, you must cast the loops on three needles, having twenty on each. The two first rows in plain knitting. The third is thus worked. Having brought the ...
-Fancy Stitches In Knitting. Part 2
Dutch Common Knitting This is the common knitting stitch, performed in a more expeditious manner than that in general practised. The needle filled with stitches, is held in the left hand, and the m...
-Fancy Stitches In Knitting. Part 3
Imitation Net-Work Stitch You set on any number of stitches you please, but you must have no odd ones. The first row is plain knitting. The next row you commence by bringing the wool upon the first...
-Chapter XIII. Knitting. Examples In Knitting
A Biroche The stitch is very simple. You bring the wool forward, slip one, and knit two together.. This elegant cushion is made up of sixteen narrow rows, and sixteen broad stripes, which decrease ...
-Knitting. Examples In Knitting. Part 2
Zephyr This is a light shawl for a baby, and may be made either of a half-handkerchief form, or a square. Cast on about 130 loops, and knit in French or honey-comb stitch, which you like; or any ot...
-Knitting. Examples In Knitting. Part 3
Knee Caps You commence with casting on eleven loops, and knitting eight rounds; then begin to raise every alternate round until you have forty-seven loops on the pins, knit eleven rounds plain, and...
-Knitting. Examples In Knitting. Part 4
Harlequin Quilt, with Tucks This is done in double knitting stitch, with six threads fleecy. The pieces are six inches square. Each square consists of about 24 stitches, and they are to be sewn tog...
-Knitting. Examples In Knitting. Part 5
A Night Stocking This is easily done: cast on 54 stitches on large needles, and pearl every other stich, narrowing gradually toward the end. Socks These are very useful articles, and are easy...
-Chapter XIV. Netting. Explanation Of Stitches
Netting is another employment, to which the attention of the fair has been directed from the remotest times. Specimens of Egyptian network, performed three thousand years since, are still in existence...
-Netting. Explanation Of Stitches. Part 2
Diamond Netting This kind of netting is easy of execution, and looks extremely pretty. It is done by making every other stitch a loop stitch, in order to effect which, the silk must be put twice ro...
-Netting. Explanation Of Stitches. Part 3
Another Kind Of Honeycomb Netting Use a mesh No. 17, and set on an even number of stitches. Net the first row plain, having the silk round the mesh twice. For the second row you put the silk once r...
-Chapter XV. Netting. Examples In Netting
A Purse, with China Silk. - Make as many stitches on the foundation as you please. Net three rows with plain colors, then live with China silk. Repeat. A Seam Purse, with Beads. - You will need fou...
-Netting. Examples In Netting. Continued
Netted Fringe Use a mesh No. 18, and net the required length, dropping off the stitches on the left. Net the next row the same. Then with a flat mesh, the width of the fringe, placing the groov...
-Chapter XVI. Crochet. Stitches In Crochet
Crochet has been long known, but it has only become a favorite with the fair votaries of the needle, during the last few years. It is very difficult to describe, though easy of execution, and can be a...
-Crochet. Stitches In Crochet. Continued
Bead Stitch If you wish to work with beads, you must thread all you intend to use, before you begin to work. Then when you wish to insert a bead, no matter what the pattern is you are executing, yo...
-Chapter XVII. Crochet. Examples In Crochet
Crochet Edging, for Collars, etc. - Ascertain the length you will require, and cast on the necessary number of chain stitches; you must use a steel hook No. 19. You will find your labor facilitated by...
-Chapter XVIII. Tatting. Explanation Of Stitches
Tatting Open Stitch Take you tatting needle, and, having threaded it with the appropriate material make a knot at the end. In order to make the loops, put the knot just made on the fore finger of t...
-Chapter XIX. Concluding Remarks
In bringing the Ladies' Work-Table Book to a close, we cannot persuade ourselves to dismiss the subject, without a word or two to our fair friends, as to the use, necessary to be made, of all the usef...
-Concluding Remarks. Continued
We have before alluded to the various and interesting uses to which the needle can be applied, and the high moral ends it is so well calculated to promote: and if such be its importance, then it will ...









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