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Workbook, "SIMPLE DIRECTIONS IN NEEDLE-WORK AND CUTTING OUT…"

1846
Origin: Great Britain, Ireland, Dublin
L: 9 1/16" W: 7 1/4"
Leather and paper with linen and cotton samples
Anonymous gift.
Acc. No. 1971-1632
This is a work book with brown marbleized paper cover and green leather on spine and at the corners. The printed text has four divisions which include: hemming and seaming; overcastting and marking; mending and knitting; muslin and lace; and worsted and threadwork. There is a section entitled "Cutting Out." Behind the text is a section entitled "Specimens" where actual cloth examples which correspond to the various lessons are glued to green pages. It was published by the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland
Label:Sewing lessons in this manual include hemming, seaming, marking, mending, and cutting out. Behind the written lessons is a section entitled “Specimens” where the schoolgirl was expected to mount her completed miniature projects. The book is opened to “specimens” from the “Eleventh Class” on knitting, which featured projects such as stockings, fringe, and “Boots for Infants.”
Mark(s):A handwritten note on page 104 reads "One of a pair of bootees/knit by Gertrude Whiting's/grandmother--Abbey Stickney--/for the former's china doll."