Basic Craft of Turnshoes - $5.00
John Frazier. Instructions for making your own period shoes. Including duct tape pattern making, cutting a wooden last, materials and tools, and finishing with ties and buckles. Paper, 82pp, references. SCA
Basics of Corset Building: a handbook for beginners - $29.95
Linda Sparks. This excellent guide has 4 parts: Tools & Materials, Building a Corset (working with bones & busks, setting grommets), Construction Techniques, and Alterations & Fit. Clear photos & diagrams illustrate various techniques & guide you through construction. Hardcover, 76pp, glossary. St Martin’s
Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads –SALE! $19.95
Dawn Devine. Focuses on the ‘cabaret’ style so common in the US. Discusses designing & crafting the elaborate bra & belts sets worn by belly dancers. Full of useful & thought-provoking information for the dance costumer. Tr pb; spiral bound, 132pp, biblio & resources list. Ibexa Press
Classic Fashion Patterns of the 20th Century - $35.00
Anne Tyrrell. Packed with historical and vintage patterns from 1900 through 1970. Working from surviving garments and contemporary tailor books and patterns, each decade is considered separately. This easy to use and practical guide helps to resolve the many problems faced by the historical costume designer or fashion student who wishes to reconstruct historical and vintage garments. Scale patterns follow each outfit shown, complete with detailed notes on making up, using techniques appropriate to the period. Enlargement grid, full instructions, men’s & women’s garments.TR paper, 160pp, 60 patterns, 131 illus w/30 in color. Quite Specific Media.
Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques -$35.00
Jill Salen. Patterns & techniques for over 20 historically correct corsets, ranging from the 1750s to 1950, from boned corsets, ribbon corsets & basques to satin corsets. Each project includes pattern, finished drawing, close-up photos of historic item. Includes 2 step-by-step projects (hand-stitched pre-1850 corset & machine-stitched post-1850 corset). Tr pb, 128 pp.Quite Specific Media
Dawn Devine. This book is a comprehensive reference for all types of Middle Eastern dance costuming. Readers will like the over 200 illustrations, historical patterns, construction techniques and the hundreds of hints and tips. Takes reader step-by-step through body measurement, costume research, pattern layouts, fitting, and accessorizing. Tr pb; spiral bound, 114pp, biblio & resources list. Ibexa Press
Cut My Cote - $9.95
Dress Accessories c.1150-c.1450 (2nd Edition): Medieval Finds
>From Excavations in London - $37.95
Geoff Egan and Frances Pritchard. Catalogues, discusses, and illustrates over 1780 medieval dress accessories recovered from excavations in London. Girdles, buckles, brooches, buttons, hair accessories, pins, beads, chains, pendants, rings, purses, cosmetic sets, and needle cases were among the wealth of well-preserved finds recovered from these excavations in the City of London. The excavations provide an accurate framework within which to date the recovered items. This book presents the opportunity for statistical analysis of dress accessories based on the sheer abundance of detailed information. Catalog entries for all 1784 finds. A treasure-trove of detailed historical information, it offers sociological insight into the clothing choices of the "ordinary man/woman" during the three hundred years from 1150 through 1450 AD. The tome is a "must" for any serious medievalist and/or costumer. Fully illustrated: twelve colored plates, numerous black-and-white photos, hundreds of detailed line drawings. Notes, charts, extensive bibliography. 410 pp, pb. Boydell & Brewer Press.
Dress in Anglo-Saxon England - $60.00
Gale R Owen-Crocker. Revised & expanded edition. Considerably updated, this new edition focuses on English dress from the fifth to the eleventh centuries. It draws evidence from archeology, text and art (manuscripts, ivories, metalwork, stone sculpture, mosaics), and also from re-enactors’ experience. It examines archaeological textiles, cloth production and the significance of imported cloth, and foreign fashions. Dress is discussed as a marker of gender, ethnicity, status and social role – in the context of a pagan burial, dress for holy orders, bequests of clothing, commissioning a kingly wardrobe, and much else… (Pub note) 12 b/w, 13 color plates, 140 b/w drawings, glossary of clothing terms, possible cutting plan for 11th century gown.
Dawn Devine. This ‘workshop in a book’ demonstrates the techniques for transforming a lingerie bra into a finished costume piece. Easy-to-follow processed is presented through clear, step-by-step photos and illustrations. An excellent resource for novice sewers and professional designers alike. Tr pb, saddle-stapled, 64pp. Ibexa Press
Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style - $50.00
Tracing the history of fashion, from the early draped fabrics of ancient times to the catwalk couture of today, this book is a stunningly illustrated guide to more than 3000 years of shifting trends and innovative developments in the world of clothing. HC, dw, 480pp, full color throughout, multiple illos on each page, extensive index, illus glossary. Dorling-Kindersley/Smithsonian.
Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook - $35
Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius. This book is aimed at both spinners, weavers, and other fiber artists, and also at animal raisers. It is a one-of-a-kind j photographic encyclopedia of more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every breed of sheep known, as well as camelids, goats, bison, horses, rabbits, and dogs. Each spread includes photos of the animal, its raw fleece, cleaned fleece, spun yarn, and samples of that yarn knit and woven. Both authors are well-known crafters. Hardcover, 448pp. Storey.
From The Neck Up - $25.00
Most complete book on hat-making now available. Techniques explained step-by-step. More than 400 illos. Historical & modern patterns, list of suppliers. MadHatter Press.
Dawn Devine. Explores the various layers and elements that compose the tribal-style costume. From jewelry & cosmetics to cholis, skirts, and pants, this book is loaded with directions for designing & making garments. With over 300 illustrations & diagrams, this is an essential addition to your reference library. Tr pb; spiral bound, 96ppbiblio & resources list, b/w sketches. Ibexa Press
Marie Vibbert (Lyonnete Vibert) In this pamphlet, Vibert describes in loving detail hoods, templets, and cauls, and their evolution into the elaborate horned and veiled headdresses most people think of as medieval. Separate chapters describe constructing cauls, internally supported cauls (‘the heart-shaped headdress’), and hennins. Pb, saddle-stapled, 52pp, biblio, endnotes, annotated list of illustrations. SCA
Hispanic Costume, 1480 - 1530. - $29.00
Ruth Matilda Anderson. Covering an important transitional period in Iberian history, this book is essential for students of the area. Material on both outer and inner garments is supplied. Covers every aspects of dress, from headgear and hair styles to shoes and hose. Discussions are accompanied by a multitude of photographs of sculpture and period art. Exceptionally clear pictures make this a very useful title. Impressive notes, bibliog., and index. Cloth, 269 pp, 569 b/w, 8 color illos. Hispanic Society
Hooked-Clasps & eyes – $39.95
Brian Read. A classification and catalogue of sharp- or blunt-hooked clasps and miscellaneous hooks, eyes, loops, rings or toggles, cloak-fasteners, and scarf-hooks. The author explains both textually and illustratively what is known about when, where and how these objects were used and their manufacture. Includes both base- and precious-metal examples, from Roman through late post-medieval. Each item has a sketch and/or photo, and is given a description of material and provenance. Especially useful for metalworkers! TR paper, 238pp, bibliog. Portcullis Publishing.
Illuminated Manuscripts of Belgium and the Netherlands in the H. Paul Getty Museum - $19.95
Thomas Kren. During the 15th & 16th centuries, the area now known as Belgium and the Netherlands produced one of the greatest flowerings of the art of illumination anywhere in Europe. The region’s colorful, naturalistically painted books were eagerly sought. This collection contains works by the finest , most original artists, made for the most discerning patrons. Pb, 96pp, 85 color illus. Getty
Illuminated Manuscripts of Germany and Central Europe - $19.95
Thomas Kren. Using the same format as its sister volume on Belgian and Netherlandish manuscripts, this book offers useful guides to clothing in period. Tr paper, 110 color illus, 132pp. Getty
Imagining the Past in France: History in manuscript painting, 1250 – 1500. - $49.95
Elizabeth Morrison & Anne D, Hedeman. In this period, the most important & original work was being done in secular manuscripts. This volume celebrates the vivid historical imagery produced then. The images enabled the past to come alive before the eyes of medieval readers, relating the adventures of epic figures of the past. 55 manuscripts, plus medieval objects ranging from tapestries to ivory boxes, are presented here. An exhibition of the same name will be at the Getty from 11/16/11 to 2/6/12. Full color throughout. 384pp, 9x12 inches; 23 p bibliog., index of names & texts, index of works of art. Getty
The King’s Servants: Men’s Dress at the Accession of Henry VIII - $30
Caroline Johnson. From the producers of The Tudor Tailor comes a new title! Provides a vivid picture of Henry VIII’s early court, using evidence from early warrant and account books in The National Archives. These previously unpublished documents reveal a wealth of fascinating material about expenditures on garments for servants in the king’s household. The book focuses on middle-ranking men between 1485 and 1513. The materials and clothes which they were issued are described and reconstructed. Contains detailed patterns, practical instructions, line drawings and color photos. This is an essential guide to men’s clothing in the Sixteenth Century. Tr pb, 48pp, footnotes & sources. Fat Goose Press.
Franchesa V Havas. After a brief discussion of the status of glove wear and the use of gloves in period, the author proceeds to instruct us in the mystery of taking proper measurements, creating a pattern and mock-up glove, and then on to the actual glove construction. A unique resource. 13pp annotated biblio. Pb, saddle-stapled, 56pp, many b/w illus & patterns. SCA
Medieval Clothing & Textiles, Volume Six - $60.00
Netherton, Owen-Crocker, edited. The most recent volume of this well-respected and useful series contains the following essays: Archeological dress & textiles in Latvia from the 7th to the 13th Century; Weaving words in silk: women & inscribed bands in the Carolingian world; Stitches, sutures & seams: “embroidered’ parchment repairs; Dressing up the nuns: the Lingua Ignota and Hildegard of Bingen’s clothing; Flax & linen in Walter of Bibbesworth’s 13th century French Treatise for English Housewives, London Mercers’ Company, London textual cultures, & John Gower’s Mirour de l’Omme; Fripperers & the used clothing trade in Late Medieval London, Donations from the Body for the Soul: apparel, devotion, & status in late Medieval Strasbourg. Also contains 31 b/w photos & drawings, a listing of new books of interest, and the contents of previous volumes, as well as an index. HC, 225pp.
Medieval Clothing & Textiles Volume Seven - $50.00
Robin Netherton & Gale Owens-Crocker. Focuses largely on the British Isles: dress terms in The Mabinogian and The Pearl, a study of a 13th century royal bride’s trousseau, an investigation into the ‘open surcoat’, a survey of cloth exports from late medieval London, and more. Hardcover, 272pp, b/w illus. Boydell & Brewer
Medieval Clothing & Textiles, Volume Eight – $50.00
Robin Netherton & Gale Owens-Crocker, editors. Continues the series’ tradition of bringing together work on clothing & textiles from across Europe. It has a strong focus on gold subjects, including 6th-century German burials containing sumptuous ornaments and bands brocaded with gold; the textual evidence for recycling such gold borders & bands in the later Anglo-Saxon period, and a semantic classification of words relating to gold in multilingual medieval Britain. Hc, 184pp, 24 b/w illus & 14 line drawings.
Medieval Dress and Fashion - $29.00
Margaret Scott. The author presents a fascinating narrative of the history of European clothing for roughly 600 years from the tenth century onwards. Illuminated manuscripts are a treasure trove of information on the clothing people wore, or wanted to be seen to wear, in greater or lesser European courts, but she reminds us that written records, like household accounts, are a valuable complement to the pictures. Scott has clearly not only examined the manuscript illustrations but also a great many medieval documents from many countries. Tr paper, 208pp, 120 color plates,20 b/w illus, chapter-by-chapter bibliog., glossary, index. British Library.
Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns - $50
Else Ostergard, Anna Norgard & Lilli Fransen. This volume begins with a short introduction to the amazing finds of garments from the Norse settlement of Herjolfnes in Greenland. It then features chapters on technique – production of the thread, dyeing, weaving techniques, cutting and sewing. Also included are measurements and drawings of garments, hoods, and stockings, with sewing instructions. A practical guide to making your own medieval Norse garment. HC, 200pp, illus. Aarhus University Press.
Medieval Painting in Bohemia – SALE! $30.00
Jan Royt. Originally published in Czech in 2002, and now available in English, this book assesses the history of painting in Bohemia and Moravia from the late 9th century to 1526. This book will be an indispensable guide for anyone curious about this region. HC, 160pp, 80 color plates. Karolinum Press
Metal Buttons c.900 B.C. – c. AD 1700 - $35.00
Brian Read. Among dress accessories, buttons are probably the most ubiquitous. Until recently, examples prior to 1700 were rare. However, technology, dedication, and hard work, have reveals a remarkable range of button-like objects and early metal buttons. In this book, metal button-like objects prior to 1700 are subjected to a detailed manufactory analysis, each being described both textually and illustratively. Serious garment historians and metalworkers alike will find this useful and fascinating. TR paper, 109pp, photos & sketches of each object described, bibliog. Portcullis Publishing
Moda a Firenze 1540-1580: Lo stile di Eleonora di Toledo e la sua influenza - $120.00
Roberta Orsi Landini, Bruna Niccoli. Italian, with facing English text. Lavish color photos of period portraits focus heavily on the elaborate garments. A brief biography of Eleonora is followed by chapters on her style, costume in Medici ceremonies, and surviving clothing. Further chapters concentrate on individual garments, divided by types, such as: petticoat, farthingale and doublet, gown, jerkin and maternity gown; slippers, shoes, stockings and garters, etc. Includes chapters on tailors & embroiderers, and Florentine textile production. Lush, amazing; comparable to Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe. HC, dust jacket, 252p, glossary, list of illos, biblio, 35p chronological inventory of Eleonora’s wardrobe, list of documents cited, family tree of Cosimo I de’ Medici. Copious notes follow each chapter. 9 ½ x12 ¼. Univ de Caen
Moda a Firenze – Cosimo I de Medici’s Style - $129.00
Roberta Orsi Landini. Using the same format as the companion volume of Eleanora di Toledo, this magnificent book brings us the garments of the great Cosimo. Lavishly illustrated, hardcover w/dust jacket, bilingual, 310pp, color photos throughout. Many original garments featured! A splendid resource for Italian Renaissance clothing. Univ de Caen
Patterns for Costume Accessories - $35.00
Levine & McGee. Patterns for period & contemporary accessories, including hats, neckwear, gloves & gauntlets, purses & reticules. Excellent basic patterns. Some post-period material, but a useful resource. Tr pb, 182pp, 83 patterns & 150 illos. Quite Specific Media
Patterns for Theatrical Costume - $35.00
Katherine S Holkeboer. A classic work. Ancient Egypt to 1915. Presents easily-enlarged patterns for accurate period silhouettes, and suggested modifications to sleeves, head-gear, etc. 8½ x11, 350pp, pb. Drama Book.
Patterns of Fashion
Janet Arnold. The cut and construction of clothes for men and women. Photos of actual garments & art showing details. Intricate graphed patterns for enlargement 128p, 15x11.
1560 - 1620 - $39.95
1660 - 1860 - $39.95
1860 - 1940 - $39.95
Volume 4 – Cut and Construction of linen shirts, smocks, neckwear, headwear, and accessories for men and women, 1540-1660. - $49.95
Additional material by Jenny Tiramani & Santini M Levy. Same format, 128 pp, 56 color photos, 86 b/w illus. Quite Special Media.
Olaf Goubitz. Specifically, purses, pouches, bags and cases in the Netherlands. Another of Goubitz’s superb books, showing the actual restored purse plus sketches of its outlines and period illustrations showing similar items being worn. There are also some reconstructed items using modern leather.9” x 11”, perfect-bound, 118pp, brief notes & references, b/w sketches & photos on virtually every page. SPA Itgevers
The Queen’s Servants - $35.00
Caroline Johnson. Similar in format to the companion title The King’s Servants, this book focuses on the garments of gentlewomen attending the queens and their children at the accession of Henry VIII. Includes detailed patterns, practical instructions, line drawings and color photos to provide guidance on constructing this clothing. Tr paper, 55pp, sources, footnotes, index of key terms. Fat Goose Press.
Jonathan Edmonson & Alison Keith, editors. Roman Dress and the Fabrics of Roman Culture investigates the social symbolism and cultural poetics of dress in the ancient Roman world in the period from 200 BCE-400 CE. The contributors to this volume explore the diffusion of Roman dress protocols at Rome and in the Roman imperial context by looking at Rome's North African provinces in particular. Another unique aspect of this collection is that it goes beyond the male elite to address a wider spectrum of Roman society. Chapters deal with such topics as masculine attire, strategies for self-expression for Roman women within a dress code prescribed by a patriarchal culture, and the complex dynamics of dress in imperial Roman culture, both literary and artistic. This volume further investigates the literary, legal, and iconographic evidence to provide anthropologically-informed readings of Roman clothing.This collection of original essays employs a range of methodological approaches - historical, literary critical, philological, art historical, sociological and anthropological - to offer a thorough discussion of one of the most central issues in Roman culture. Paper, 448pp, b/w photos and line drawings. Univ Toronto Press
Russian Elegance - $35.00
Luisa Yefimova & Tatyana Aleshina. A splendid volume at a breathtakingly low price! This beautifully illustrated book shows examples of Russian dress and accessories from the 15th to the early 20th century. Derived from the collection of the State Historical Museum and covering country and city dress, this book is a fabulous feast of detail. With authoritative essays, this book is an invaluable resource. HC, dw, 192pp, over 200 color photos, glossary, bibliog. Vivays Publishing
Saris: An Illustrated Guide to the Indian Art of
Draping - $30.00
Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturyFashion in Detail - $39.95
Avril Hart and Susan North. Offers a rare, close-up look at the exquisite, labor-intensive details seen in find historical clothing. Drawing from the V&A’s fabulous collection, this book contains a gallery of full color photos, accompanied by clear line drawings showing the construction of the completed garment, and a text that sets each in the context of its time. Oversize trade paper, glossary, selected readings, 224pp. Victoria & Albert Museum
Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns, Book One - $65 (temporarily out of stock)
Susan North & Jenny Tiramani, editors. The sourcebook to enable you to make your own Plimouth Plantation Jacobean jacket! Includes 5 waistcoats, a satin bodice, 2 pairs of embroidered gloves, and 7 additional garments. For each garment, it includes color photos of the item mounted, diagrams illustrating their construction sequence, and, for some, x-ray images. A print or portrait has been included for almost all garments, showing a near equivalent being worn. There’s also a brief introductory section discussing the tools & techniques of the tailor & seamstress, embroidery tools & techniques, knitting stitches, and sewing & embroidery stitches. An amazing book! Hardcover, 11x12 inches, 160pp, color photos and b/w diagrams throughout. V & A
Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress Patterns, Book TWO - $65 – coming SOON!
Shoes and Pattens:
Medieval Finds From Excavations in London -
Skirting the Issues/Pants for the Dance - $22.95
Dawn Devine. This volume, in their new perfect-bound format, includes Skirting the Issues and Pants for the Dance. Skirts are an important garment type for dancers, no matter what style of costume they choose. This booklet is filled with design ideas that go beyond the standard ‘three-panel’ skirt. >From gores to godets, tiers to panels, this book includes directions for turning your body measurements into customized patterns. The second half of the book addresses the exciting design possibilities for one of the most ubiquitous but unsung garments in the dancer’s wardrobe: pants! This book introduces a simple method for using body measurements to draft patterns that fit. Go beyond the basic harem style and explore a variety of options for creating pants for male and female dancers. 84pp, b/w sketches. Ibexa Press
Steampunk Style Jewelry - $24.99
Jean Campbell. Victorian, Fantasy, and mechanical necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Pairs mechanical found objects with Old World Victorian-style jewelry to create one-of-a-kind pieces that marry romance, technology , and attitude. 20 projects, description of maker’s workshop and tools, basic jewelry-making techniques. Tr pb, 144pp, list of suppliers, color photos & b/w diagrams throughout. Creative Publishing International
Stepping Through Time -$75.00 Temporarily Out of Stock
Olaf Coubitz et alia. Presents a typological catalog of footwear dating from 800-1800 AD, based on his analysis of an important assemblage of shoes recovered from excavations at Dordrecht (Netherlands). Examines evidence for shoe types in prehistoric Europe & the NW provinces of the Roman Empire. Discussion of styles & technology, including height standards, material, patterns, stitches, soles, etc. PB, 396pp, many b/w illus. David Brown
Textiles and Clothing -
Crowfoot, Pritchard & Staniland. Newly reissued. Finds include knitting, tapestries, silk hair-nets, and elaborately patterned oriental, Islamic, and Italian fabrics. These objects reveal considerable information on the cut and construction of clothing as well. This highly readable account provides a wealth of new insights on fashions, clothing, and textile industries of medieval England and Europe. Trade paper, 250pp, 32 color illus, 132 b/w illus, 91 line drawings. Boydell & Brewer
Threads Fitting for Every Figure - $21.95
A best-of-information guide for stitchers of all levels. Packed with expert information from the most trusted name in sewing, Threads Magazine, this must=have resource covers everything a garment sewer could want. Includes head-to-toe fitting instructions, couture techniques for hard to fit sizes, and sewing instructions for bra and foundation fitting. Hundreds of clear illustrations. Tr paper, 224pp, 200 full color illos, 100 drawings. Taunton
Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing 16th Century Dress - $35.00
Nina Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies. Techniques & patterns for making historically accurate period clothing. Includes a social history of clothing in the 16th century, discussion of materials used, & a consideration of ‘people’s financial & social relationships with their clothes.’ Considerable emphasis on clothing of ordinary people. Advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and sewing kit. Based on 15 years of practical experience in making period costume for daily use at historic sites, this book promises to be a valuable tool & resource for many years to come. Tr pb, 160pp, 80 illos, 100 line drawings, 36 patterns with step-by-step instructions & photos of final garments. Quite Specific Media
Underwear (Fashion in Detail) - $49.95
Eleri Lynn. Get intimately acquainted with the V&A’s world-renowned collection of undergarments in this eye-opening visual history. From camisoles to corsets, basques to boudoir caps, this book traces the peculiar evolution of underwear. Revealing photos highlight close-up details in the garments, while intricate line drawings show their masterful construction. A wide range of designs is represented, from rare 16th century examples to Dior’s curvaceous look and Calvin Klein’s notorious briefs. Hardcover, 224 pp, 100 color illus, 90 line drawings. V&A
Unveiling the Truth, Volume One - Easy Hairstyles -$5.00
Barbara Segal. Hairstyling Tools and easy hair fashions from 600 to 1500. Perfect-bound pb, 50pp, b/w illus. SCA
Unveiling the Truth, Volume Two –Complex Hairstyles $5.00
Barbara Segal. Complex hair fashions before 1500. Perfect-bound pb, 50pp, b/w illus. SCA
Jason Maclochlainn. Create perfect, historically accurate Victorian men’s wear, from elegant morning coats to fashionable tapered trousers. Contains a comprehensive introduction to the world of the 19th-century tailor, with essential information on authentic techniques, tools, and material. Patterns from throughout the period will help you try out your skills. Oversize trade paperback, 159pp, b/w period illus, color plates, modern sketches, patterns, layout diagrams, index. St Martin’s Griffin
What People Wore When: A Complete Illustrated History of Costume - $29.95
Melissa Leventon, consultant editor. Featuring the classic artworks of Friedrich Hattenroth & Auguste Racinet. Subtitled ‘From Ancient times to the 19th century for every level of society’, this book attempts to show clothing worldwide. Sections are presented first by chronology and then by subject. Silhouettes reveal the shape of style, while detailed cross-references draw the attention to recurring motifs, and navigation bars guide the researcher. Hardcover, full color throughout, glossary, bibliog., index. St Martin’s
Jenny Dean. For the beginner as well as the experienced dyer, this book shows how to dye all types of fibers using traditional plants in new ways, providing step-by-step, swatch-complemented instructions. Use of mordants, safety instructions, list of resources, index. 250 options for more than 65 plant species. Trade paper, 144 pp, color photos throughout. Watson-Guptill
Christina Krupp & Carolyn Priest-Dorman. Covers women’s garb in Northern Europe 450-1000 CE, focusing on Frisians, Angles, Franks, Balts, Vikings, & Finns. Although brief, this remains an excellent, basic source. 71pp, pamphlet. SCA
Women’s Work: Embroidery in Colonial Boston - $40.00
Pamela A Parmal. Charming us with their whimsy and conjuring a warm domesticity, embroideries from the colonial era also help illuminate the lives of the women who made them. Colonial women kept these works (which could take years to complete and used materials brought great distances) and displayed them proudly. This book tells the stories of six women and how needlework shaped their lives. Not only did it promote the silk trade, it allowed women to sell supplies and patterns, and run schools to train young girls in this fine art. HC, dw, 184pp, 120 color illus. Museum of Fine Arts.
Woven Into the Earth: Textile Finds in Norse Greenland - $49.95
Else Ostergaard. The book offers an account of the 1921 find of textiles in Herjolfsnaes, Greenland. The garments had been used as swaddling to wrap around corpses. The weather conditions preserved the textiles extremely well, & the result was a spectacular find, and amazing insights into sewing & weaving techniques as well as the materials used in the garments’ manufacture. Heavily illustrated in color & b/w. HC, index, biblio,