Saturday, July 13, 2013

Handbook of Plain and Fancy Needlework

There is no author, editor, or compiler given for this book.   Handbook of Plain and Fancy Needlework was published in 1882 by Ward, Lock, & Co.  The first part of the book endeavors "to supply the teacher with a manual which has been arranged in accordance with the new code of regulations issued by the Government for the Education Department."  I found it interesting that on page six, netting is described as an alternative to knitting for the boys to learn.  "They will be likely to prefer this as distinct from the 'girl's work' going on around them, and it will increase their interest in it to be told of the various uses to which netting can be put."

  1. Netting - with illustration (page 6)
  2. Netting, or Knotting (page 108)
  3. The Implements Required - with illustration (page 108)
  4. Netting (page 108)
  5. Square Netting (page 109)
  6. Round Netting (page 109)
  7. English Netting (page 109)
  8. Netted Mitten (page 110)  
The mitten described seems to be decorative and finger-less.

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I have not even thought of trying to find all the on-line netting patterns given in magazines.  However, this week I was made aware of an "Invisible Hair-Net" found in an 1861 issue of Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book.

Here is what I think the instructions meant.

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