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
Digitizing Sponsor: BHL-SIL-FEDLINK
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lops, and beautified hercollars and under-slecves with the same sort of embroideryas is used to-day. For our grandmothers had no other wayof making their lingerie, as we call it, beautiful, except bytheir own work, and much of it was so fine and delicate thatone wonders how it could have been done by human lingers. I know one family which has a christening robe and capwrought by loving fingers for a baby who became a greatstatesman and passed out of life fifty years ago. It has adelicate scroll work amid flowers, leaves and tendrils and isexquisite, though yellowed by time. The men in the days of old did not disdain embroidery, asis shown in a handsome linen shirt made for a wealthy Salem,Mass., merchant prince. It is of fine linen with a dainty em-broidered ruffle, and with the same pattern on the collar andthe cuffs. Not even a skilled worker to-day could reproducesuch exquisite stitches, because a hundred wars ago the chil-dren were taught its first principles at their mothers knee
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Teaching the Mysteries of Needlework and to do it with the greatest care. To hem, even a pockethandkerchief, 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 vari
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