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August 03, 2006

It's Hot! Hot! Hot!

Hi, Everyone!

It has been extremely hot where I live. Apparently, most of the U.S. seems to be suffering from extremely high temperatures. Hopefully everyone has a way to stay comfortable until this heat wave passes.

July was a busy month for me. My daughter and son-in-law moved into a new home which was built in the 1920's. Although my daughter has come to love Victorian, she decided trying to restore a Victorian house was not for her. When she thinks maybe it is, she comes to my house to see the constant construction, demolition, dust, etc. That restores her sanity right away! She decided a 1920's house still has a lot of character, just not the work required! Sometimes I think my daughter is smarter than I am! LOL!

I have received requests for specific projects. I am currently researching these and will share the results when I have them. If you have something specifically you are looking for, let me know. I'll share what I can have and research for what I don't.

What's New!

Beeton's Book of Embroidery, Part 4 is available now. This section of the book deals with crocheting. You can download Part 4 here:

Beeton's Book of Embroidery, Part 4

You will find in this section patterns for a:
  • Tobacco pouch (could be used as a small purse
  • A number of doyleys
  • Workbasket
  • Insertions
  • Wicker armchair cover
  • Two (2) types of purses
  • Silk bag
  • Small crochet basket
  • And more.
If you like crochet, I'm sure you will find something of interest here for you. If you don't crochet, it might make you think maybe you should!

Other new items

There is a new section on knitting. You can find comments, suggestions, various types of knitting stitches, as well as Victorian knitting abbreviations.


Knitting was very popular at the beginning of the Victorian era but waned by the late 1890's. Manufacturers of silk and yarn continued to urge women to knit, often putting knitting patterns in their books printed for embroidery. Knitting will always be a mainstay in crafting as materials are readily available and it is easy to learn.

I have included an authentic Victorian knitting pattern that was published in 1895.

Lady's Fancy Mitten

In the Works!

In the next month or so I hope to make available to you information/instructions/patterns for Victorian:
  • Crochet projects
  • Christmas projects, and
  • Quilting projects.
Don't forget, if you have made any of the items listed on the site and would like to share the results with others, let me know. I would love to see what you are doing.

Until next time,
Mary That's it for this month's newsletter.

Until next time,

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