Saturday 23 May 2015


Tucked in the corner of the sewing room is the bookshelf, with all the knitting and sewing books that I have accumulated over the years.  All the old books I have from the 1940s and 50s have such similar titles that I have lost track of which is which.  I can be riffling through a second hand book shop and come across a book and not be sure whether I have it already.

Hardly surprising then that I have ended up with two different editions of Complete Needlecraft by Agnes M. Miall.  She's everywhere, either on her own...

... or co-authoring with Irene Davison and R. K. and M. I. R. Polkinghorne.

I love these old books for a great number of reasons, not least for the authoritative no-nonsense way in which they are written.  Would you dare argue with anyone called Polkinghorne?  Especially when there are two of them.

So that you can share in the pleasure, I have decided to write reviews of the books, so anyone who decides they really must have their own copy can start scouring the internet for the best deal.

Any nominations please for which book I should review first?


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    1. Hello Gina,

      So glad to hear you are getting on famously with your new machine!

      Yes, it's deal, I will review Dressmaking and Needlework, and it is number 3 on the list. After that I will do Practical Home Knitting. Knitting was probably my first great love, but I haven't done any for years. In the not too distant future I should get going again.


    2. Thanks Muv, looking forward to your review. Sorry for the deleted post!


    3. Don't fret Gina. It is easy to hit the wrong button.

  2. Hi Lizzie,

    I nominate Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont as your first review.


    1. Hello Becky,

      It is a beautiful book. I shall make it the second review, and I hope I do it justice!

      Love, Muv

  3. I would love to read a review and see some of the pages of the Polkinghorne book! That was my grandmother's maiden name. She grew up in Cornwall where I believe that name is more common. She came to the U.S. as a young wife and mother in the late1800s.

    1. Oh wonderful, a bit of family history! I have been browsing through this book today, and it will be the first for a review.



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