The subjects of my books cover a wide range of sewing. I have books about Civil War sewing, Classic Sewing for Children, Christening Gowns, Heirloom Embroidery, Machine Embroidery and collecting Vintage Sewing Tools and Trinkets.
I also have a wide range of books with patterns, such as the Martha Pullen books, and all of Mildred Turner's Mimi's Heirloom Sewing books, which give detailed instruction on so many Heirloom Sewing Techniques!
I keep a few of my books close at hand on my design table - they serve not only for instruction, but inspiration!
I have an extensive collection of magazines in my sewing room. I have collected many Creative Needle magazines, SAGA news, Australian Smocking & Embroidery and I own every single issue of Sew Beautiful magazine since the Premier Issue! I try to purchase large notebooks for my magazines and keep them categorized by season, making it easy to refer to them when looking for a pattern or even when a little inspiration is needed!I have alot of books and magazines that I love, but I think my most prized and most used book in my sewing room is Elizabeth Travis Johnson's The Complete Book of Sewing For Children. I have referred to this book more than any other book in my sewing room when I have needed help with a placket, need general information on a technique or have a sewing problem I can't solve.
This book is not only very informative for sewing techniques, but it's also very special to me because Miss Elizabeth personally signed the book for me!
When I moved to Tennessee 17 years ago, I joined The Grand 'Ol Smockers SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) group in Nashville, TN. It was there that I met Elizabeth Travis Johnson, as she was a member of our group. What a wonderful lady! Everything that you hear good about her is true - she was a dear lady and she is very much missed!
I had the honor on several occasions of going to lunch at her house where I got to see her extensive trunk collection of beautiful, classic Children's clothes! I was in awe and absolutely in my element to be in the very presence of a sewing icon! Miss Elizabeth was a joy to have in our group as she shared so many sewing tips and techniques with us - I cherish my book and the memories that I have in knowing her personally.
What are some of your favorite books in your sewing library?