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Vintage 1920s 1930s sewing / needlework / embroidery / knitting / crochet book - household linen,tea cosies, cushions/pillows, bags/purses, toys etc

The Book of Good Needlework
Published by Good Needlework Magazine (The Amalgamated Press Ltd), London, UK
Undated but probably dates from the late 1920s (could be early 1930s)

Large format hardback book - approx. 8 1/2" x 11" (approx. 21.5 cm x 28 cm) - 160 pages (including index) - printed on good quality paper - illustrated with drawings and black and white photographs in the main (plus a coloured frontispiece)

This is a fabulous book - a real treat if you are a fan of needlework projects dating from this period. A broad range of needlecraft techniques are included: embroidery, applique, cut work, crochet, etc. Specific projects include embroidered household linen (inlcuding table linen and chairbacks), aprons and pictures; various tea cosies (including a crocheted tea cosy in the shape of a country cottage); simple knitted cardigans for babies and young children; a simple crocheted bath mat; dressing table tidies (using pre-purchased dolls); crocheted garments for a baby doll; pincushion dolls, soft toys/rag doll etc. Features lots of pretty floral and 'Crinoline Lady' ('Southern Belle' type) motifs,

Please note that many (if not most) of the sewing/embroidery projects required transfers/patterns that are not included, as they had to be purchased separately. However, the instructions/illustrations are clear in most cases and it should be possible for the experienced needlewoman to replicate most of the designs without the use of transfers/patterns. Full instructions are provided for the knitting and crochet projects

If you would like further information on the contents of this book before purchasing please feel free to ask
Please note, too, that this is a UK publication and that adjustments may need to be made by international purchasers (e.g. knitting needle/pin sizes, crochet abbreviations)

Reasonably good condition. Corners are bumped and worn. Quite a bit of scuffing (and paper loss) to cover edges. Cover is grubby and marked in places. Some fading/discolouration to spine. Ink annnotaions and scribblings to front endpaper. A few small mark here and there. General age discolourtion/tanning. But otherwise good. Binding is tight, which is unusual (the bindings on these volumes was prone to splitting due to the heavy paper). Internal pages are clean on the whole with no major flaws - no tears or annotations (just a couple of light pencil annotatiions)

Please note: this item will be posted via Second Class post within the UK due to its weight. If you require it more urgently please contact me to discuss
Apologies for the high shipping costs - this is a VERY heavy book and will be expensive to post overseas
I have estimated the shipping charges. If I find that I have grossly over-estimated the shipping charges (after allowing a small amount for packaging) I will, of course, refund the difference. I do provide a discount for combined shipping (subject to international weight restrictions), though this is difficult to estimate precisely at time of listing

Any questions, please feel free to ask

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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Craft type: Sewing
  • Self-published: No
  • Materials: paper, vintage needlework book
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 930 reviews
  • Favorited by: 107 people

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