Marsha Borden

Clothiers and Cottage Industries

Plain sewers and fancy needleworkers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Homegrown Thread: The Art of Human Hairwork in the Gilded Age

Hairwork was a way of remembering friends and relatives in the Victorian era—and of expressing women’s role in the home.

Why Is the Granny Square Called a Granny Square?

Recognizable anywhere and a staple in a crocheter’s repertoire, what do we know about its name?

Paper Needlebooks

Little Pieces of Found History