“If you’d like to learn to sew;
To baste and bind; tie a bow;
Dress a dolly, head to toe,
We can teach you how…”
Despite being just a bit too good-little-girls-must-learn-to-sew, I am completely in love with this book. It’s a sewing manual with a story attached. And there’s a fairy. I do love books with fairies. The book, or this copy of the book, was printed in 1914. Reading through the pages, you can’t help but wonder who else has held it in their hands, sewn with it at their side, and treasured it over its 99 years. Time travel may not be possible *sighs with disappointment*, but treasures like this are feel a little bit like time capsules, letting you glimpse the past and connecting you to another time. Tactile history. Tucked away in the back of the book were pattern pieces, cut from newspaper. I did a bit of jumping up and down when I found them. I really do love old stuff. They are from the early 1920s, and I can just picture a little girl and her mum carefully tracing round the pattern and cutting it out… So, for the sake of my fingers, I will read a little more about Mary Frances’ adventures among the Thimble People. And I hope in 99 years time someone else will be able to do the same.