AB: Miller – Needle’s Eye

(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)

Miller, Marla R. The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006.

This is an invaluable resource for studying the lives and work of needlewomen of the 18th century and early 19th century, and includes some useful information and insights about clothing, and especially about clothing production and maintenance. The period of focus ends around 1810. It is extremely helpful in offering an increased understanding of women’s interactions with textiles, clothing, and the market, and how those interactions changed over time. It was recommended on the mid 19th century sewing forum, The Sewing Academy, and I recommend it highly. It is not instructional. It contains some monochrome images and eight color plates. It contains extensive endnotes but no generalized bibliography.

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