Weekend Reads 3

Hope you had a good week! The weekend is upon us now, and if you’d like some fascinating little nuggets of textile history to read while you’re having those long morning weekend coffees, then look no further than this awesome list of fab links from the week that was in it (and some from before then, but which are still great)!

  • This beautiful letter from a soldier to his sweetheart, in 1861, appeared on the always-fantastic Letters of Note website.
  • The Freewoman: A Weekly Feminist Review, from 1911, is now uploaded online for your perusal.
  • Swift vs Montagu – check out a well-written summary of this great war of the words from the 18th century.
  • Textile mythbusters! One knitter does the legwork to find out which craft really does eat up more yarn (Ravelry link).
  • Biology meets history – a free online article about how sheep have historically been bred for meat/wool.
  • Converse runners are becoming popular in China now, but what is the history of this iconic shoe?
  • Take a fashion history quiz and see how well you can match up eras and outfits!
  • Check out the first ever written down knitting pattern, from 1655, for hose. Scroll right down the link. I don’t fancy trying to follow those instructions myself!
  • Read this blog post, with beautiful photos, of the history of knitting sticks.
  • Here’s a free online book full of fascinating facts about the history of knitting!
  • This lovely bookNo Idle Hands: A Social History of American Knitting – is on Amazon, you can use the preview function to check it out.

This week was Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, and the media was awash with references to him. In terms of textile history, you may like to have a read of these:

  • Dickens visited this all-female, almost-all-Irish textile mill in Massachusetts, USA, in 1842 (scroll down the link to read about him).
  • Click here to see what people were wearing when Dickens was alive and writing.
  • Remember Madame Defarge knitting? Sparknotes explains the metaphor here!

That’s all for this week. See you next Monday for another dose of Old Fabric And Stuff 😉

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