Story: Sewing, knitting and textile crafts

School needlework exercise book, 1906

Girls learned to sew at school as well as at home. This is young Gladys Thompson’s needlework exercise book for 1906, when she was in Standard 6 (Year 8). It contains a miniature apron which demonstrates gathering, a waistband and hemming; a placket (the opening at the top of a skirt); careful patching which matches the printed fabric; appliqué and embroidered running stitch and blanket stitch.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-SCHOOL-EXERCISE-BOOK-1906-01

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Sewing, knitting and textile crafts - Home sewing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013