Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York, Munn and Co
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
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erchief, was a task of no little moment. There was nosewing machine to run them off at almost lightning speed;each stitch was made with the greatest precision. Thethreads in the fabric were counted in the hemming, one tookup two threads for a stitch, then left two and took up twomore. The gathers, which are again used on gowns, meantequal precision and care. What a lot of time wasted! exclaims a modern, hurry-ing woman, who never has time enough for anything. Yes,but the motto of our ancestors was, Whatever is worthdoing, is worth doing well, and the truth of it is shown bythe articles they left behind them, many of which are as goodto-day as they were a century ago. Another old-time handicraft is the knitting of stockingsby the women of the family, of fine wool and cotton forthemselves and of coarser material for the men folks. Fortheir own wear, for Sunday best, they were knit in variouspatterns, including the open work for warm weather. 382 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS December, 1906
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Rug-making After the Manner of Colonial Times _ace-ma king Often for their wedding wardrobe (the word trousseau wasnot then used) these were of white silk or imported thread,and if the lover happened to be a sailor boy, a shell patternwas used. A rose pattern was another favorite, or a dropstitch. There is something fascinating about knitting and ittakes some skill to shape a stocking properly. This can never become a paying industry commercially, as the machines turn out such good work; yet a girl whileknitting is most attractive and Cupid is often a good pay-master though he uses needles instead of darts as a mediumof exchange. Besides it is quite the fashion to knit golfstockings of coarse yarn for ones best beloved. Physiciansoften prescribe knitting to relieve nervous patients, so itcan not be said that this handicraft is entirely lapsed. The Poisons of Soils
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