MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, December 03, 2012

A wee little treasure

The other day something wonderful arrived in my mail box and to say I was thrilled is an understatement.  Most of you know that I collect books about embroidery so this was a most welcome addition to my treasures (thank you Lyn!!). 

Just have a look at the cover...






I can't find a year of publication on it but I would surmise it would be the early 1900's.  There are 48 pages of delightful illustrations and instructions for various types of embroidery.  Here are a couple of the illustrations from inside... (clickable to embiggen)







Such a sweet little book and a definite gem to own! 

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There is a free on-line version of the Altered Arts magazine available HERE if you are interested in having a peek. 

7 comments:

  1. Oooooo...what a find!
    I love old needlework books~~I know some were put out almost as little booklets as opposed to being bound.
    Or put out in installments.
    You got a treasure!

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  2. No wonder that's a good teaching book: she was from the Royal School of Needlework. Does the paper look like a wartime kind of issue? it might date from the 1940s in that case. Just wondering.

    I bet the Royal School could tell you more, though, since she'll have been known to them.

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  3. I was interested in this little book, checked and found that not only was it probably a 50s publication, but that there are different covers, too. It looks like a very good teaching tool.

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  4. What a treasure MA! I have some very vintage embroidery booklets too and I just love them!

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  5. Howdy..long time no see...we need to talk one day soon I inherited some things you might need... happy holidays...

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  6. So glad you like it and how wonderful to think its from the RSN!!
    I will still keep my eye out at boot stalls for you, Ive often seen other little books like that. Some have been aged but smelly with it and although old books do have some aroma..........truly mouldy and whiffy Ive not purchased lolol

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  7. Oh, a treasure indeed. I have my grandmother's embroidery book and it too doesn't have a date of publication.

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