Needlework Textbook and Chemise (Material Memory)

Year: 1897

Origin: Lancashire

Donated By: Joy McCarthy

This textbook, dating back to 1897, was originally owned by Gladys Kenyon, nee Procter, from Hillock Farm in Accrington. She was the only daughter among seven brothers and later became a teacher. The book served as a resource for school teachers teaching needlework. 

Joy, Gladys’s granddaughter, possessed several samples of underwear and nightdresses made from the book. She also used the patterns, particularly the chemise, for her own daughters. This textbook, a cherished heirloom, carries the legacy of teaching and craftsmanship from Gladys Procter, making it a precious family artefact.

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