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A magnificent vintage craft and needlework book coupled with social history.

A magnificent vintage craft and needlework book, coupled with social history.

Craft of all sorts is having a strong revival and there is no more expert writer and designer than the talented Rosemary McLeod. A longtime avid collector, maker, exhibition curator, craft historian and writer, her glorious new book is a treasure trove for the serious embroiderer, felter, sewer and knitter.

McLeod takes vintage patterns and renders them with a modern twist. The 47 projects range from bags to gloves, cushions to tea cosies covers, wrapped up with memoir, social history, fascinating facts, tips and hints.

A Listener 'Top 100' book of 2013.

The projects are all magnificently photographed by leading photographer Jane Ussher and the evocative 'still lives' of pieces and objects from McLeod's exquisite and enviable collection make this book a jewel in itself.


McLeod is a generous and amused commentator, particularly when describing the more ridiculous preoccupations of and expectations on women of bygone days. Underlying the warm and witty tone is extensive research and a profound respect for women’s handiwork, which continued to bloom through war and economic hardship. A social history with a refreshingly different perspective.

Heritage Today

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    April 5, 2013

    RHNZ Godwit

    432 pages

    RRP $55.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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Also by Rosemary McLeod

The Rosemary McLeod Craft Series: Bags
The Rosemary McLeod Craft Series: Aprons
The Rosemary McLeod Craft Series: Tea Cosies
The Rosemary McLeod Craft Series: Cushions and Decor
The Rosemary McLeod Craft Series: Adornments


The Story of the Jews
How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest
The Water Kingdom
Sew Over It
The Rosemary McLeod Craft Series: Tea Cosies
Long Road from Jarrow
Queer City
Home and Away
Fifty Years of Hurt
A Walk in the Park
The Long Weekend
The Black Prince of Florence
The German War
Republic or Death!
The Private Lives of the Saints
Neither Nowt Nor Summat