As persons made in the image of God, the desire to create is imprinted on our very souls. We all, in some way need to create. A young lady in preparing herself in the domestic arts has many skills to take in. This post is really just to be a collection of links in order to follow some trails and gather books along the way that may help a young lady in the area of handworks.
We’ll be reading from the Mary Frances Collection – The Mary Frances Sewing Book and The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book – as we start our study of handworks. Both of these charming books would stand alone all by themselves if need be. Each Mary Frances book is more of a story than an instructional manual, but woven in throughout are lessons. Included in the Sewing Book are a set of patterns for a complete wardrobe for a 16″ doll. The knitting and crocheting book include instructions for many doll items with further lessons for real person size items. Simply charming throughout!
Sewing with St. Anne – another cherished book by the lovely Alice Cantrell. Alice gently leads the young lady from project to project introducing basic sewing skills along the way.
**Threading the Needle
**The Running Stitch
**Sewing a Seam
**Stitching with a Single Thread
**Overcast Seam Finish
**Ripping Out Stitches
**Basic Embroidery Stitches
**Sewing with a Machine.
There are several jewels thrown in throughout the pages – Pins and Needles, The Chatelaine, Saint Anne’s Sewing Circles, The Hope Chest, A Bit about the Humble Apron, What is a Natural Fiber, A History of Quilting.
Also included are a number of simple to make projects for the aspiring seamstress including patterns:
**Choosing and Preparing Fabric
**Pretty Hand Towel
**Home Altar Cloths
**Jar Lid Cover
**Fabric Gift Bag
Alice’s book is my favorite sewing book for young ladies, and I highly recommend it!
See and Sew, A Sewing Book for Children by Tina Davis is another favorite sewing book . This book is similar in design to Look and Cook and Sow and Grow – also by Tina Davis. All three are positively charming with vintage illlustrations throughout.
A little more detail about See and Sew. The Chapters of Instruction include:
**Getting Ready to Sew
**How to Begin
**Basic Sewing Stitches
**Basic Embroidery Stitches
**How to Sew on a Button
**Finishes and Trims
Sewing Projects included:
**Strawberry Pot Holder
**Frog Pin Cushion
**Felt Cap and Mittens
There are many more handwork skills that could be taught to a young lady – knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch just to name a few. Great Yarns for the Close Knit Family would be a lovely book to add to your collection if you are a knitter. If you are able, by all means offer young ladies the benefit of your instruction. What a shame it would be if these quiet domestic arts would be lost and fall by the wayside.