Housewifery; A Manual and Text Book of Practical Housekeeping

Housewifery; A Manual and Text Book of Practical Housekeeping

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...of its weave much richer in appearance. Denims are inexpensive cotton fabrics, serviceable, easily dusted, but few are proof against fading. Cretonnes are most attractive in their patterns and colorings, easily cleaned, not expensive for renewal, and most suitable for light decorations. All kinds of upholstery material may be used for cushions (Fig. Ill), and these may be filled with such material as excelsior, goat's hair, silk floss, cotton, or curled hair. The curled hair no longer good enough for bed mattresses will make excellent stuffing for upholstery. (See also Mattresses, page 189.) LINEN The qualities that make linen so very desirable for many uses are its smooth texture, ability to absorb and give up moisture rapidly, freshness and brilliancy of appearance, ease with which it gives up its soil, and its durability. Tests for Purity of Linen.--There are so many clever adulterations of linen that it takes an expert to prove that it is not linen, but there are, however, some simple tests for linen which anyone may make: Essentials of Table Linen.--The qualities desired in table linen are freshness of appearance, weight of fabric sufficient so that it will lie flat on the table, but a quality at the same time soft and yielding in the folds. To give these qualities the linen must be pure. In weaving linen the use of a single thread makes a single damask; two threads, a double damask. The double damask weave is the more desirable, and the pattern stands out distinctly, due to the play of light and shade on the threads.. There is a distinct fashion in the patterns of table linen, due directly to the demands of the public for alternating styles; there are patterns permanently acceptable, however. Select a small "all-over" pattern...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546407
  • 9781236546401