This section is from the "The Ladies' Work-Table Book: Domestic Needlework in Nineteenth-Century America" book, by Margaret Vincent. Also available from Amazon: The Ladies' Work Table: Domestic Needlework in Nineteenth-Century America.
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 piercer. Camel's hair brushes.
Mixture of white lead and gum water, to draw patterns for dark materials.
Mixture of stone blue and gum water, for light colors.
Black lead pencils.
Needles of various sizes. The Nos. referred to are those of the knitting needle gauge. Needles pointed at either end, for Turkish knitting. Ivory, or wooden pins, for knitting a biroche. A knitting sheath, etc., to be fastened on the waist of the knitter, toward the right hand, for the purpose of keeping the needle in a steady and proper position.
A pin or mesh, on which to form the loops. A needle called a netting needle, formed into a kind of fork, with two prongs at each end. The ends of the prongs meet and form a blunt point, not fastened like the eye of a common needle, but left open, that the thread or twine may pass between them, and be wound upon the needle. The prongs are brought to a point, in order that the needle may pass through a small loop without interruption. Twine to form foundations. A fine long darning needle for head work. Meshes of various, sizes from No. 1 to 11. Flat meshes, and ivory meshes ; also of various sizes. The gauge is the same as that for knitting-needles.
Ivory crochet needles of various sizes. Steel crochet needles.
Rug needles and a pair of long sharp pointed scissors. These implements should be disposed in a regular and orderly manner, as should also the materials for working. Order and regularity are matters but too frequently neglected in the gay and buoyant season of youth; and this fault, which is the parent of so much annoyance in after life, is but too generally overlooked by those whose duty it is to correct these incipient seeds of future mischief. No pursuit should be entered into by the young, without having some moral end in view, and this is especially needful to be observed in cases, where at first sight, it might appear a matter of indifference, whether the pursuit was one of utility, or of mere relaxation. We earnestly entreat our young friends, never to forget, that even our amusements may be rendered an aceeptable sacrifice to their heavenly Father, if they assiduously endeavor to make the habits they form in their seasons of relaxation from graver studies, conduce to the development of the higher faculties of their nature, and subordinate preparations for a more exalted state of being, than any which this transitory scene can of itself present to their contemplation and pursuits. Dyer, speaking of Tapestry, has beautifully said " This bright art Did zealous Europe learn of Pagan lands, While she assayed with rage of holy war To desolate their fields ; but old the skill: Long were the Phrygian's pict'ring looms renown'd ; Tyre also, wealthy seat of art, excell'd, And elder Sidon, in th' historic web."
But we would have our fair friends to place before them a high and a definite object. Let them seek, like the excellent Miss Lin wood " To raise at once our reverence and delight, To elevate the mind and charm the sight, To pour religion through the attentive eye, And waft the soul on wings of extacy;" Bid mimic art with nature's self to vie, And raise the spirit to its native sky.