Saturday, March 12, 2005

Now I Know 

I have a persistent interest in the methods used to teach children about needlework and for that matter crafts in general. I have a growing collection of teacher's handbooks and children's examples.

One sort of example often pasted in children's samples books are sheets of paper weaving. I've seen the same designs over and over again and what appear to be the same materials used. I've been on the lookout for a teacher's handbook that would explain this sort of design work and the method used to teach it to children.

Just yesterday an e-bay purchase arrived! Ms. Wilhelmina Seegmiller's book Primary Hand Work, A Graded Course for the First Four Years. Ms. Seegmiller was the Director of Art Instruction in the Indianapolis Public Schools in 1906 when the book was published. The student starts with paper weaving, proceeds to hand loom weaving, sampler stitching and basket making. The book is full of instructions, a price list and a photo of children in the classroom with their work on display.

For paper weaving, pre-printed mats were sold to the schools and students then cut slots for weaving and cut strips for weaving. In 1906 these cost $.01 each and came in several colors.

It was nice to see an example by presumably a young boy (his name is on a plate in the sample book) documented in the instruction book.

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