Barbara Elmore on the History of Stitch Guides

Originally posted 2011-04-03 07:25:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Barbara Elmore has written a delightful blog post on the early history of stitch guides (mostly pre-computer).

I myself appreciate guides that are nicely laid out with computer-charted stitch diagrams. I often find hand-written guides with hand-drawn diagrams difficult to read.

How about you?

Comments

  1. Marlene says

    Hi Janet,
    Have to confess that I began stitching pre-computer… Well, to be perfectly honest, also pre microwave, pre-automatic transmission in cars, pre-jets, pre-TV, pre-TV dinners, pre-McDonalds… The list is long.

    When I started, all of the early stitch guides whether commercially or privately printed were non-computer ones, so I learned from them. Although the current computer graphed stitch guides are easier to read, the older ones do not seem that difficult for me because they were all I had for decades. Whenever I had a problem with the older guides, I often took out a scrap piece of canvas, yarn and a needle and followed their instructions and often stitching along helped. Have to admit that the newer computer generated stitch guides are easier to read but sometimes I still take out a scrap of canvas, yarn and a needle to see how the stitches work out.

    Can compare the situation to perhaps to making muffins. Once you learn how to read the recipe, sift the flour, cream the butter and the like, they can be made but the process takes concentration and often mistakes are made. At times, reaching for a mix or buying them from the local bakery is a lot more practical and way easier.

    Happy stitching,
    Marlene

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