Antique American Needlework Tools by Dawn Cook Ronningen
Immerse yourself in the historic beauty of American sewing tools.
Featuring exquisite examples from museums and private collections, including many rare items, this treasure trove explains and illustrates the history and beauty of American sewing tools. Exhaustively researched, it shares the history of the American industries, innovations, and used related to hand sewing and embroidery tools.
Insights spring from well-documented primary sources like eighteenth-century American newspaper advertisements or a twentieth-century thimble patent. The chapters feature historical background, detailed descriptions, and photographs of needles and thread, bodkins and awls, chatelaines, hoops, lucets, and more. The strong link between women's history and needlework tools is captured as well. Many one-of-a-kind handmade examples represent American subcultures and regional tastes.
With more than 750 colored photographs, this is an invaluable resource for historians, scholars, collectors, and embroidery and sewing enthusiasts.