Scope and Contents
This subject category- Needles and Needlework consists primarily of receipts, invoices, correspondence, advertising, and publications relating to the manufacture of needles and the practice of needlework. Samples and sample books relating to needles and needlework are also included. Instructional publications published by thread manufacturers and needlework supply houses encouraged the use of their products in the making of both practical and decorative items. Other publications were created by a variety of authors and publishers. Included among the materials are also a variety of patterns for crochet, embroidery, and quilting and materials relating to needlework accessories, patents, and import/export documents.
Manufacturers of needles produced lines for both hand and machine use at home and in factories. The records consist primarily of invoices, correspondence and advertising. William Cowley's samples illustrating the needle-making process are particularly interesting. A number of needle books, some containing needles, are also included. These materials are arranged alphabetically by name of company.
Manufacturers and distributors of thread, patterns and other needlework supplies materials center on catalogues and instructional publications for crochet, embroidery, lace-making, sewing, and quilting. These materials are arranged alphabetically by name of company.
Publications of needlework instruction and design features booklets devoted to needlework written and produced by a variety of authors and publishers; several are periodicals. They are arranged alphabetically by author and title and feature designs and instructions for crochet, embroidery, needlework, fancy work and sewing.
Needlework patterns represents a small sampling of loose patterns, many clipped from publications. Transfer patterns, iron-on patterns, and grid design diagrams are also present. The patterns are for crochet, drawn, embroidery, quilting and patchwork. A few handmade patterns and needlework samples worked on punch cards are included.
General subjects covers topic such as needlework accessories, needle workers and needlework manufacturers, and patents. There are also import/export documents and other miscellaneous.