Home Needlework magazine, "The Magazine For Capable Women," September 1916 issue. Published by the Home Needlework Publishing Company, Boston, Mass. Copyright 1916.
If you are not familiar with Home Needlework, prepare to be impressed. This antique monthly covered a wide range of projects for family & home -- with plenty of focus on women themselves. Or, as they put it: "Home Needlework, Published monthly, is distinctly a woman's magazine, devoted principally to embroidery, lacemaking, and fancy needlework in all its forms. It is an authority on dress garniture and home decoration."
Many of the illustrated articles were instructional, including patterns; others were "advertorials", which promoted various kits and patterns available for sale -- and for selling magazine copies. 'Twas a thing then, we swear.
There are other signs of the times, such as racism - from mild to terribly wild. This particular issue is typical of the craze for Orientalism of the time and features some beautiful embroideries with Japanese themes; however, they are referred to as "Japs". (Insert groan here.)
Among the pattern offerings in this issue there are crocheted and tatted table centerpieces and doilies, a cross-stitch donkey pattern for a child's bib, crochet pillow, a baby afghan in filet and Maltese crochet, yoke for a dress or blouse, delicate floral motifs (shown for napkin rings and egg cozies), and a pattern for sweet chubby bears (shown on child's bread & milk dish set with embroideries to match).
Please see scan of table of contents for other articles.
Whether you are an expert needlecrafter, can only sew so-so, collect handicraft and textile history, or just wish to document needlework and the culture typical of this period, you will value this magazine.
Only the covers are in color.
Measures 6 3/4 by 9 3/4 inches; 46 pages, plus covers, staple bound.
Modest signs of wear / age, as seen in scans. Staple binding is sound. Pages are tanning. No writings or rips. Very lovely.
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