I just love these old hand books for various needlecrafts and such. They teach the basics, and sometimes some skills that have nearly been lost in time. This one looks super cool, I may have to grab a copy for myself!
Discover the techniques behind museum-quality pieces and treasured heirlooms with this guide to antique needlework and handcrafts. Originally published in 1859, The Ladies’ Hand Book of Fancy and Ornamental Work offers well-illustrated instructions for making the kinds of highly decorated items prized by Victorian homemakers: quilts, doilies, cushions, and ornamental knick-knacks as well as embellishments for collars, hair ornaments, purses, and other items.
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