I found this on the Internet Archive, or wayback machine.
The Ladie’s Worktable book: containing clear and practical instructions in plain and fancy needlework, embroidery, knitting, netting,and crochet.
Published about 1850-something according to the notes on the description page. The image above was copied from the black and white PDF of the bookcontributed by the University of California Libraries and the Digitizing Sponsor is MSN.
The introduction is an essay about the role of women in society and the home
The excess verbiage glorifying the status of women at the time certainly dates the book and provides a view into the idealized role of women in the mid 1850’s. I can imagine the despair that some women felt when faced with the daily realities of keeping a family fed, clean, and clothed with few resources and even less assistance. Then to open a book such as this, meant to be a helpful guide and see how they “should” be feeling. Talk about lack of validation!
Some key women in history were raised in settings such as these and they went on to change the world.
I’m looking forward to exploring this farther, not only the needlework instructions but a picture of the world in which my great-grandmothers grew up.