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Celtic artwork cover journal.  Handmade paper, 6.75" x 8.75". $15.00


Arnold's Medical Companion for Young Men      A Hoosier Historic Enterprises exclusive!  By J.L. Arnold, M.D. (1856).  Containing the laws of physiology and health and a history of every disease; its cause, prevention, and cure.  Also, a special lecture on organic generation; its philosophy, singularities, and derangements; containing many strange and useful facts on the subject of procreation.  $15.00

Ladies complete guide to needlework and embroidery containing clear and practical instructions whereby any one can easily learn how to do all kinds of plain and fancy needlework" by Miss Lambert. 
When published, this book was a complete guide to every kind of needlework popular in the period, including crochet, knitting, netting, tapestry, braiding, and embroidery. Additionally, this book offered one of the first histories of needlework ever published, creating a model for the many needlework instruction manuals that followed. A particularly pretty book with numerous illustrations and comprehensive introduction by Textile Historian Lynne Zacek Bassett, Consulting Curator for Textiles and Costume, Connecticut Historical Society, former Curator of Textile and Fine Arts, Old Sturbridge Village, and author of Textiles for Clothing of the Early Republic and Northern Comfort: New England's Early Quilts.      
1846 Decorative Needlework ISBN 0-9717605-8-6 504 pp Casebound  $22

1892 THE ART OF KNITTING Butterick Publishers.

An extensive guide to all aspects of Victorian knitting -useful and beautiful Craft.
For Children – baby booties, socks, jackets, sacks shirts, mittens, capes, toys and knitted dolls.
For Ladies – shawls jackets, stockings, vests, petticoats, slippers, capes, and hoods.
For Men – ties, suspenders, caps belts,
For the Home – counterpanes, spreads, doilies, mats, rugs, elegant trimmings.
This book also devotes several chapters to “fancy stitchesillustrations and fashion plates.
This is a source of invaluable information on historicmodern use. This edition features a new supplemental “explanation of knitting terms” for ease of use.
ISBN 0-9717605—7-8 160pp Paperback $16

1881 REAL PEN WORK - self-instructor in penmanship.student, ?this little book appeals to both calligraphers, needle workers and folk artists.?  “Greatest means even known for learning to write an elegant hand.” This is one of the few known copies of this book. Beauti- fully illustrated, with a charming testimonial from a student, this little book appeals to both calligraphers, needle workers and folk artists. Book & CD with jpg & pdf of all images $16

Facsimile Reproduction from the Archives of the American 
Antiquarian Society.
Reproduced from only the second known copy of the work, besides being a significant historical document, this little book can serve contemporary weavers who wish to expand their vocabulary of weaves. 18 designs for 4 shafts, 3 for 5 shafts, 23 for 6 shafts, 3 for 8 shafts and 5 for 10 shafts. Plus patterns for stockinets, birds-eyes, denims thicksets, satinets and more. Clearly and beautifully illustrated, the patterns can be interpreted easily. 
Includes contextual essays “The “Mechanic,” the Engraver, the Patron and the Publisher” by Caroline Sloat, Director of Scholarly Programs, American Antiquarian Society, and “Hargrove’s Patterns in Contemporary Context” by Rita J. Adrosko, Curator Emerita, Textiles Collection National Museum of American History 
Paperback 52pp. 22cm x 17cm $12

“One of the most important needlework manuals of the 19th Century” 
L.Z. Bassett, Textile Historian

Although she was too humble to identify herself, the English “lady” who authored The Workwoman’s Guide created one of the most important needlework manuals of the 19th Century. The book is appropriately titles, for it is not a handbook of fancywork patterns for ladies of leisure but a comprehen- sive instructional text.

The modern researcher will find The Workwoman1s guide especially rewarding to use, for here are head-to-toe descriptions of men1s women1s and children1s clothing. There are also instructions for making every sort of period household textile, including elegant bed hangings and window draperies.

COSTUME & FASHION - babies, children, men (laborers and gentlemen), women (servants and society women) graphically depicted both in the stages of creation and completion.

INTERIOR DECORATION - Upholstering, bed draperies, window blinds, cases and cover. The author guides the neophyte through all the steps necessary to become and accomplished upholsterer.

STITCHING KNITTTING & PLATING - The bone stitch, shawl stitch, network stitch, honeycomb stitch, French Stitch, and seam stitch are just a few of the 35 different stitches described and pictured for the knitter.
Paperback 368pp 


Paperback 368pp. 28cm x 22cm

ISBN # 0-9191606-4-3. LC Cat No.: 86-2855 $22

“The value of The Workwoman's Guide is that it provides in its text and illustrations the original 19th century instructions for making and cleaning clothing and accessories. Described are hundreds of objects that were stitched from cloth, knitted from yarn, braided, dyed or otherwise converted into utilitarian and ornamental objects of clothing and household furnishing".
Caroline Sloat- American Antiquarian Society.