TEXT-BOOKS OF ORNAMENTAL
ART IN NEEDLEWORK
A BOOK ABOUT EMBROIDERY
AUTHOR OF 'WINDOWS,' 'ALPHABETS,'
'NATURE IN ORNAMENT' AND OTHER
TEXT-BOOKS OF ORNAMENTAL DESIGN
B. T. BATSFORD 94 HIGH HOLBORN
BRADBURY, AGNEW, & CO. LD.,
LONDON AND TONBRIDGE.
may be looked at from more points of view than it would
be possible in a book like this to take up seriously.
Merely to hover round the subject and glance casually at
it would serve no useful purpose. It may be as well,
therefore, to define our standpoint: we look at the art
from its practical side, not, of course, neglecting the
artistic, for the practical use of embroidery is to be
has been, since woman learnt to kill time with the
needle, to think of embroidery too much as an idle
accomplishment. It is more than that. At the very least
it is a handicraft: at the best it is an art. This
contention may be to take it rather seriously; but if
one esteemed it less it would hardly be worth writing
about, and the book, when written, would not be worth
the attention of students of embroidery................