Photo Friday: Fancy that!

20140117 [FancyNeedlework]This week our Photo Friday comes from a publication held within our Special Collections Periodicals “Fancy Needlework Illustrated”.  We hold twelve issues of this magazine, from around 1912 onwards, and it was produced by the Northern School of Art Needlework in Manchester.

The issue chosen is from late 1913/early 1914 (No.26, Vol.3), as indicated by the competition which closes on 31st January 1914.  The competition offers 1000 prizes for work in crochet, including trimmed tea cloths, bedspreads, piano backs and table covers.  Entrants were expected to send the article in, where they would be judged and returned, with the exception of the first prize items, which would become the property of the Northern School of Art Needlework.

As the world prepares to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, it is interesting to look back at the first half of 1914 when the horrors of the trenches seemed unimaginable.

This and many other publications within our Special Collections Periodicals can be viewed on request through the LJMU Archivist in the Special Collections & American Studies Reading Room (open 10am-4pm Monday-Friday).

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