Friday, July 01, 2005

Careful Stitchers 

Whatever the Victorian age stitcher was, she was not necessarily a tidy stitcher. I am creating the charts for new alphabet books from original little pattern books and believe me these stitchers regularly spilled tea or coffee on their patterns and I swear they dribbled jam or honey on them as well.

Of course these were cheap little books and meant to be tossed at the drop of a hat. I'm amazed so many of them have survived. Of course the survival stats also are influenced by the thousands upon thousands of them that were printed.

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