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Do you love to create things of beauty? Then you'll love this collection of elegant designs and patterns from "a Victorian workbasket!"

The desire to create something beautiful - for yourself, as a gift, for your home, or as an act of worship - is timeless. Today, the love of crafts and creativity is at an all-time high. But if a Victorian lady could have walked into one of today's craft stores, she'd have probably thought she'd gone to heaven!

For the Victorian lady, beautifying the home was a never-ending DIY project. Victorian magazines abounded with embroidery projects ranging from curtains to sofa cushions to pen-wipes. They offered patterns for baskets, picture frames, knick-knacks, pen-wipers, purses, clothing, and much more.

Today, we may not be in the market for pen-wipes, but these beautiful embroidery patterns will be just as much at home on our own DIY projects as they were over 100 years ago. Drawn from a Victorian column titled "My Workbasket," the projects in this collection run the gamut from embroidery to needlepoint, knitting, crochet, darning, lacework and more.

So grab your needle and prepare to be inspired - because beauty is ageless!

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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