Patchwork quilting in American dates back to the first New England colonists. Although most of these settlers brought quilted coverlets with them to the New World, they soon discovered that the harsh winters demanded more substantial blanketing. Fabric was scarce in those days and the women stitched together what bits and pieces they could find to create larger pieces of cloth. These primitive "patchworks" were usually sewn randomly in the style knows as crazy quilt. As America grew, many kinds of patterns for patchwork quilting emerged--Shoo-Fly, Windmill,
The spool knitter is a simple device, dating back to the 19th century and is used to demonstrate French knitting. French knitting is a method of producing a continuous length of knitted (tubular) cord without knitting needles.
The Handkerchief Doll is perhaps the best known of all folk dolls and is very easy to make. Although the Handkerchief Doll was certainly around during the Revolutionary War times, it is most often associated with Victorian America. During the 19th century, most children were forbidden to play with toys on Sundays. The handkerchief doll was one of the toys that was still allowed, however, because it was a quiet activity. Our Handkerchief Doll contains materials to' make and lace ' one traditional 'play-prettie ' doll.