Most of us take for granted that at the end of a long tiring day we can clamber into a warm, comfortable bed. This is a far cry from our early ancestors who slept either in the open or in caves, using animal furs and possibly with a fire for warmth.
Changes in taste in the 1920’s required women to be youthful, fit and healthy. Both men and women wore knitted bathing suits and by the end of the decade the ‘neck to knees’ design had gradually been replaced by smaller and smaller bathing suits.
In 1848 Frances Lambert published My Crochet Sampler in which she described the crochet work up until this time as ‘practiced in its most primitive shape’.
By the early 19th century crochet was becoming popular across Europe and appeared in literary works in the early years of the century. The first crochet pattern appeared in Holland in 1824 and by the middle of the century ‘crotchet’ as it was then spelt was appearing in craft books and instructional books
Yesterday (February 2nd) was Candlemas, and this had us thinking that you don’t often find a candle today without a holder or candlestick due to fire risks. So what is a candlestick? The commonly accepted definition is that a candlestick is a holder for one or more candles. That is to say that the wax …
As you e-mail your Christmas thank you notes to friends and family just remember that prior to the age of electronic communication letters were the common method of keeping in touch. Letter writing is not new, Christians base much of their religion on letters being the cornerstone of many biblical writings.
Before brooms were mass-produced people used to make their own. Originally a simple handful of twigs from the broom shrub (hence the name), these twigs were bound together onto a handle. This evolved into the broom nowadays associated with the type witches ride or a garden broom.
Today some may view the carpet sweeper as a little old fashioned given the multitude of vacuum cleaners available. But for many the hand pushed carpet sweeper
With today’s digital cameras, often found in mobile phones, it is hard to believe that it is only a little over 120 years since the camera as we know it today was invented. The camera obscura dates from around 1000 BC and is basically a darkened box with a pinhole to allow light to enter …
The antimacassar was most common in the Victorian era. It is a small piece of cloth placed over a seat back or chair arms. Its name derives from the macassar oil that was favoured by men as a grooming hair oil and conditioner. The oil, which was made from coconut or palm oil and Ylang-ylang