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THE DEVELOPMENT OF

EMBROIDERY IN AMERICA

By
CANDACE WHEELER

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS
NEW YORK AND LONDON
MCMXXI

Development of Embroidery in America

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INTRODUCTORY THE STORY OF THE NEEDLE

The story of embroidery includes in its history all the work of the needle since Eve sewed fig leaves together in the Garden of Eden. We are the inheritors of the knowledge and skill of all the daughters of Eve in all that concerns its use since the beginning of time.

When this small implement came open-eyed into the world it brought with it possibilities of well-being and comfort for races and ages to come. It has been an instrument of beneficence as long ago as "Dorcas sewed garments and gave them to the poor," and has been a creator of beauty since Sisera gave to his mother "a prey of needlework, 'alike on both sides.'" This little descriptive phrase—alike on both sides—will at once suggest to all needlewomen a perfection of...................

 

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