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THE AGE OF HOMESPUN: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth $36.95 (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich) Using objects that Americans have saved through the centuries and stories they have passed along, as well as histories teased from documents, Ulrich chronicles the production of cloth - and of history - in early America. Under her study, ordinary household goods - Indian baskets, spinning wheels, a chimneypiece, a cupboard, a niddy noddy, bed coverings, silk embroidery, a pocketbook, a linen tablecloth, a coverlet, and unfinished stocking - provide keys to understanding many aspects of early America. We discover how ideas about cloth and clothing affected relations between English settlers and their Algonkian neighbors. We see how an English production system based on a clear division of labor - men doing the weaving and women the spinning - broke down in the colonial setting, becoming first marginalized, then feminized, then politicized, and how the new system both prepared the way for and was sustained by machine-powered spinning. Pulling these threads together in a rich and revealing tapestry of "the age of homespun," Ulrich demonstrates how ordinary objects reveal larger economic and social structures, and how early Americans and their descendants made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert identities, shape relationships, and create history. Hardcover, b&w photos, 502pgs.
A NEW COAT FOR ANNA $8.00 (Ziefert & Lobel) This WWII story , with delightful color illustrations, is based on a true experience of wearing a too-small coat because there were no coats, hardly any food and little money. Anna's mother trades grandfather's watch for wool from a farmer, and continues to barter until the new coat is finished. Sheep shearers, spinners, dyers, weavers, and tailors will delight in the warm Christmas story, ending with a visit to the sheep to show them their wool. Second graders should be able to read most of the words in this story that touches all ages. 40 pgs
ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN $15.25 (Mirra Bank) Excerpts from old diaries, letters, sampler verses, books, and magazines blend with full-color reproductions of samplers, quilts, paintings, and needle-pictures to give the reader insight and understanding of the inner lives of the women who created them. "A spendid book - original, perceptive, and deeply moving." - Gerda Lerner, writer & historian 128 pgs.
HOME LIFE IN COLONIAL DAYS $16.50 (Alice Morse Earle) Originally published in 1898, this is a comprehensive, detailed account of how American colonists lived, worked, ate, traveled, prayed, and played. Includes indepth chapters on Flax Culture & Spinning, Wool Culture & Spinning, and Hand Weaving. A fascinating book! 468 pgs.
...GREW UP WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN
...GREW UP WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON
...LIVED AT THE TIME OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
...LIVED IN COLONIAL TIMES
...LIVED WITH THE SIOUX INDIANS
...SAILED ON THE MAYFLOWER
...TRAVELED ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
...TRAVELED WEST IN A COVERED WAGON
...WERE THERE WHEN THEY SIGNED THE CONSTITUTION
Learn about these important times in our history and how it would have been if you'd lived then. Captivating illustrations and catchy text will keep your child's (and your) interest. $6.95 per title. Order 5 or more, and deduct 15%.
The lucet is a simple tool used for making cords and drawstrings, and was in common use in Europe as far back at the 16th century. The basic lucet cord uses a single thread to make a square braid. The book begins with the basic technique and continues into more complex and interesting cords. Try it!
One of a kind...
TAPE LOOMS: Past and Present (Bonnie Weidert)
NO LONGER IN PRINT. A DVD is available directly from the author at TapeWeaver@aol.com
There were no zippers, velcro or snaps in the past, and people relied on lacing. Tape looms are capable of making strong, long, narrow bands which have a myriad of uses. They were used for loops on towels and pot holders for hanging, loops at the top of bed curtains to attach them to the tester frame of a four-poster bed, edgings on needlework, drawstrings on cloth bags, crisscrossing over a cradle to keep the child safe, fastenings for clothing, ties on bonnets, shoelaces, lamp wicks - - for anything of fabric that needed tying, fastening, pulling or hanging. In this most informative book, the author shares her research of tape looms. She provides a pattern and instructions for building your own tape loom. She tells you how to set up your loom and warp it, then moves into the weaving process. Eighteen drafts for simple patterns, which can be made on an inkle loom as well as a tape loom, are shown in color. Includes photos of a variety of antique looms. Spiral, lay-flat binding. 72 pgs.
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