Monday, March 9, 2015

Fashion Bookshelf: Therese de Deillmont and the Encyclopedia of Needlework

Therese de Dillmont is the mother of all needlework crafts, having begun her instructional book during the 1880's: The Encyclopedia of Needlework. This book is still available, a tiny volume crammed with illustrations and 'how to' on many techniques that seem lost and forgotten today. My own volume shown here dates back at least a century, a gift that was found in Europe.

Alabama Channin has profiled Mme. De Dillmont in an article with just enough information to get you started on a search for your own copy. For me, this was one of the first books on my sewing self, and it is still a stand out today, black and while illustrations included.


Lynn Mally said...

This looks like a book that everyone should have!

Jen O said...

It's also such a cool time capsule and a great resource to identify laces and trims on antique/vintage textiles or apparel.

Jessica Cangiano said...

What an elegantly lovely looking book. I've always had a strong fondness (perhaps not very surprising! :)) for vintage sewing and crafting related titles like this. I find that they tend to be very thorough and so expertly illustrated, plus they often show vintage fashions, which makes them all the more appealing.

Many thanks for your lovely comment on my vintage outfit post this week. I really appreciate it and hope that you have a splendid weekend!

♥ Jessica