For those already thinking ahead to their handmade Christmas gift list., here is an excellent excerpt list of presents from Treasures in Needlework; Comprising Instructions in Knitting, Netting, Crochet, Point Lace, Tatting, Braiding, and Embroidery, by Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Pullan. (London, 1855)
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“There are many occasions in life when ladies desire to mark their esteem for a friend by some gift or token; and they are often in the choice of what to give or to work. Hence it is that no question is more frequently asked than, “What will be a suitable present for so-and-so?” or, “What will be the most valuable things I can make for a Fancy Fair?”
In making gifts to individuals, the leading idea is, to assure them of our regard. That the gift is out own production, greatly adds to its value in the estimation of the recipient; and, indeed, there are many circumstances in which, when desiring to show gratitude for kindness, a lady may very properly offer a specimen of her own work, when a purchased gift would either be unsuitable or out of her power. For the same reason, – that it proves the receiver to have been an object of our thought and care, – any article evidently intended for that person only, is more welcome than such as might have been worked for anybody. The following list of articles, suitable for the respective purposes, will be found suggestive:
PRESENTS FOR GENTLEMEN.
Braces. – Embroidered on velvet, or worked on canvas, from a Berlin pattern.
Cigar Cases. – Crochet. Velvet, and cloth applique, velvet, or cloth braided. Embroidered or worked in beads.
Slippers. – Braided on cloth, morocco, or velvet; applique cloth and velvet; Berlin work.
Shaving Books, especially useful. – Braided. Worked in beads on canvas. Crochet, colored beads, and white cotton. (washable.)
Smoking Caps. – Velvet braided richly; cloth, velvet and cloth applique. Netted darned, on crochet.
Fronts for Bridles. – Crest embroidered with seed beeds.
Waistcoats. – Braided on cloth or velvet. Embroidered.
Penwipers. – Worked in beads, and fringed. Applique velvet and cloth. Gold thread.
Comforters. Driving Mittens. Scarfs.
Chairs. – Embroidered in applique. Berlin work ditto. Braided ditto.
Sofa Cushions. – Braided or embroidered.
Screens. – Raised cut Berlin work. Berlin work with beads.
Hand Screens. – Netted and darned. Applique. Crochet.
Table Covers. – Cloth, with bead or Berlin borders. Cloth braided.
Set of Dish Mats. – Worked in beads, with initials in the centre; border round; and grounded in clear white beads.
Fancy Mats. – For urns, lamps, &c.
Ottomans. – Braided. Applique, or embroidered.
Footstools. – Berlin or bead work. Braided.
Whatnots. – Braided. Berlin work.
Doyleys., – The set – bread, cheese, and table doyleys – worked in broderie and chain stitch.
FOR THE BRIDE
Point-Lace Collars, Chemisettes, Handkerchiefs, &c.
Handkerchief Case or Box. – On satin, embroidered or braided in delicate colours.
Glove Box. – Worked In beads. Initials in centre; grounded with white beads.
Slippers. – Braided or embroidered.
Workbaskets. – Netted and darned, or darned on filet, or crochet.
Carriage bags. – Braided. Worked in Berlin work or beads.
Purses. – Netted or darned, or crochet; delicate colours, as pink and silver.
Porte-Monnair, or Note Case. – Crest or monogram in centre, grounded in beads.
Embroidered Aprons. – Worked in Brodierie-en-lacet. Braided, or embroidered.
Toilet Cushions. – Crochet or netting.
Reticules. – Darned netting; or embroidery.
Infants’ Caps. – Point lace, crochet, or embroidery.
Frocks. – Ditto.
Quilts. – Crochet. Bead borders with motto, and drop fringe. Crest in the centre.
Pincushions. – Crochet, or embroidered satin.
Blankets. – Knitted with white wool, in double kitting, – a real “blessing to mothers.”
These are a few of the leading and most useful presents. They are equally appropriate as offerings to a Fancy Fair.”