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January 7, 2010

Yet have the Needle and its beautiful and creations hitherto remained without their due meed of praise and record either in sober prose or sounding rhyme while their glittering antithesis the scathing and destroying sword has been the theme of admiring and exulting record without limit and without end!

The progress of real civilization is rapidly putting an end to this false prestige in favour of the  “Destructive” weapon and as rapidly raising “Conservative” one in public estimation and the time seems at length arrived when that triumph of female ingenuity and industry “The Art of Needlework” may be treated as a fitting subject of historical and social record – fitting at least for a female hand.

Mrs Elizabeth Stone, The art of needle-work, from the earliest ages: including some notices of the ancient historical tapestries, London, H. Colburn, 1840

I have officially gone into thesis-mode, so expect lots on Victorian women.

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