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Fanciful Utility

Happy Third Birthday to Fanciful Utility!

So, three years ago, author Anna Worden Bauersmith and I “birthed” a project that we affectionately nicknamed FanU… or, Fanciful Utility, a fantastic technique and project book that teaches you how to make a huge variety of Victorian sewing cases, sewing rolls, and needlebooks.

This lovely book is packed with illustrations and pictures to help you “de-code” originals and engravings from historic magazines, and replicate them for use today.

So far, we’ve sent out copies of FanU to nearly every state in the US, as well as to places like England, Belgium, France, Austria, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. FanU’s fans live everywhere!

To celebrate, Anna has a whole week of great posts and neat ready-to-use items (made by her own hands, and listed for sale in her Etsy shop!)… you’re going to want to click through, and sign up for updates, so you don’t miss a thing.

For instance, later this week Anna will be discussing the most popular period sewing tools, and she has some amazing free printables coming out! Eliza Leslie’s sewing introduction notes in a booklet form, and two mini-booklets that fold down to a miniscule size and are ideal for your own reference or to tuck into a gift case.

She’ll even have some printable needle packet designs–print, load with needles, and pass them out to convert all your friends to the benefits of period sewing!

Fanciful Utility: The Newest Book from Anna Worden Bauersmith!

Are you ready?

Are you a fan of historic sewing and particularly, historic sewing accessories?

Would you like to be able to make gorgeous, functional, accurate pieces for yourself? For gifts? As educational tools? As something just generally nifty to own?

Then you’ll want to order your own copy of Anna Worden Bauersmith’s

Fanciful Utility: Victorian Sewing Cases and Needle Books

Containing full-size templates and illustrated instructions for over 68 projects and variations! The options are truly unlimited, as you’ll learn the concepts and historic techniques that allow you to design your own sewing accessories for gifts or personal use. No sewing machine required! Make them with full historic styling for use in living history, or bring a unique flair to your modern sewing tools by adding creative new touches that express your personality in very modern ways.

Buy Your Copy Now in Patterns & Books or click through to access the shopping cart, see the book trailer and enjoy pics of some of the projects you’ll have at your fingertips! Continue reading

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About The Sewing Academy
With a focus on the 1840-1865 era, The Sewing Academy is your home on the (internet) range for resources to help you meet your living history goals!

Elizabeth Stewart Clark has been absorbed by the mid-19th century for over 20 years. She makes her home in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, four children (from wee to not-so-wee), far too many musical instruments, and five amusing hens.

Email Elizabeth Or call 208-523-3673 (10am to 8pm Mountain time zone, Monday through Saturday)
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