Craft history blogs

FYI, Erin @ A Dress A Day has named next Thursday, October 28, as this year’s International Wear a Dress Day. It’s getting cooler here, but I just bought some new tights, so I should be ready to go.

If you’re a history geek like me, you may be interested in two blogs I’ve learned about recently. I think that looking at the history of something ‘everyday’ like cooking or sewing can tell you more about the past than any number of military battles or official documents.

The first is Unsung Sewing Patterns, and the author discusses vintage sewing patterns – but not the designer or glamorous ones you usually find at vintage sale – practical patterns like aprons and work shirts and pinafores. Her analysis of the patterns is engrossing.

And the second is Four Pounds Flour, which talks about historic recipes and tries them out. Earlier this year I was at a living history museum in South Carolina and picked up a reproduction copy of The American Frugal Housewife (subtitle: Dedicated to Those Who are Not Ashamed of Economy) by Lydia Child, originally published in 1829. It’s kind of a combination of cookbook, advice book on housewifery, and a collection of tips and advice. Some of it is very applicable today, and some of it will just make you say “what?”, but it’s very interesting to read. I hope to try some of its advice and recipes out and share them on the blog.

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