Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing

Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing

by Mary C. Beaudry, Mary Carolyn Beaudry
     
 


Mary C. Beaudry mines archaeological findings of sewing and needlework to discover what these small traces of female experience reveal about the societies and cultures in which they were used. Beaudry’s geographical and chronological scope is broad: she examines sites in the United States and Great Britain, as well as Australia and Canada, and she ranges… See more details below

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Mary C. Beaudry mines archaeological findings of sewing and needlework to discover what these small traces of female experience reveal about the societies and cultures in which they were used. Beaudry’s geographical and chronological scope is broad: she examines sites in the United States and Great Britain, as well as Australia and Canada, and she ranges from the Middle Ages through the Industrial Revolution.
The author describes the social and cultural significance of “findings”: pins, needles, thimbles, scissors, and other sewing accessories and tools. Through the fascinating stories that grow out of these findings, Beaudry shows the extent to which such “small things” were deeply entrenched in the construction of gender, personal identity, and social class.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110937
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
ONE Introduction: Small Finds, Big Histories....................1
TWO The Lowly Pin....................10
THREE The Needle: "An Important Little Article"....................44
FOUR The Ubiquitous and Occasionally Ordinary Thimble....................86
FIVE Shears and Scissors....................115
SIX Findings: Notions, Accessories, and the Artifacts of Textile Production....................137
SEVEN Stitching Together the Evidence....................169
Notes....................179
References....................207
Index....................227

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