Stitches Of The Past ~ Antique And Vintage Crochet Sampler Stitches Book

During the late Victorian era and well into the early 20th century, sample stitches of hand crochet were saved as reference for one's self or, sharing with others. Often times small pieces of completed stitches were stored loosely together in a box. Other times, the samples were neatly placed in simple or elaborate home made books  The more fancy books were covered in cloth, then embellished...

The Make-Do Pincushion ~ A Useful Object Again

Life for many of our early ancestors was difficult, with many of them living in very rural primitive settings . Living was sparse both in material items as well as friendship of neighbors, as many times neighbors would be quite distances apart. Even a small town may be a day's travel (or more) away. It is probably within this setting the make-do was born. Some out of necessity and other fr...