Tag Archive: old books

Tales Told by the Hemp-Dresser

Imagine yourself in rural France on a cool autumn evening in the 1840s.  After the work of the harvest, what would you do for entertainment? You might find yourself outside in the dark,… Continue reading

Glimpses of Textiles in Old Novels

The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner (1851) is the story of a young girl who is sent to live with an unwelcoming aunt, while her parents go to Europe hoping to return… Continue reading

Christmas Entertaining in 1905

As Christmas gets closer, you may be wishing for a little touch of old-fashioned comfort and joy.  So here is one from my all-time favorite party book, Bright Ideas for Entertaining by Mrs.… Continue reading