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  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • 1. Needles and Needle-cases
  • 2. Thread and Thread-winders
  • 3. Thimbles, Yard Measures, and Miscellaneous Sewing Accessories
  • 4. Scissors and Knives
  • 5. Pins, Pincushions and Pin-boxes
  • 6. Needlework Clamps
  • 7. Sewing Caskets, Chatelaines, Work-boxes and Work-tables
  • 8. Knitting
  • 9. Netting, Net-work and Needle-made Lace
  • 10. Knotting and Tatting
  • 11. Embroidery and Cord-making
  • 12. Tambouring and Crochet
  • 13. Purse-making, Beadwork, Braid- and Mat-weaving
  • 14. Pillow Lace
  • 15. Patterns and Pattern Books
  • 16. The Practice of Parfilage

Title: The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories
Author/Designer: Sylvia Groves
Format/Publication Date: HC:1966
Publisher: Country Life Books, London, UK
Language: English
Page Count: 136, plus black-and-white photo plates
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- Ms. Groves' historical essays are well spiced with excerpts from letters of the time period in question, museum collections, estate sale documents - she developed her essays based on evidence of the time period, and expressed doubts where doubts were appropriate like when a claim was made but no evidence could be found to substantiate it. This book was heavily researched and a fascinating read. The book on knotting and tatting is only five pages, with three more pages of black-and-white photos to show examples of both knotting and tatting and the tools used to accomplish both. For such a short article, I thought it was well argued and the examples given for her arguments substantial enough to support her positions. I was impressed, and would recommend it for the shelf of anyone who is fascinated by the history of their craft.