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Hicks, Ada / Garment construction in schools

Part V: Appendix on general mending and renovation,   pp. [170]-184 ff. PDF (4.6 MB)

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                "The Mother, wi' her needle and her shears, 
                  Gars auld claes look amaist as well's the new."-BURNS.
IN later life, no branch of needlework is likely to prove of greater practical
value in adding to the comfort and general well-being of the home, than that
which deals with Mending and Renovating. 
    Systematic Teaching Necessary. For the teaching of this in school to
be effective, however, the Syllabus needs to be as carefully planned and
as is the case with other parts of the subject. 
    In all classes, the mending should be liked with whatever knowledge 
of stitches and processes the children already possess. 
    Directly a child can sew on a button, she should apply her knowledge
to the replacing of the buttons missing on her own garments. As soon as she
has mastered gathering and setting-in, she is capable of mending the pinafore
torn out of the end of the band, though at first necessarily all under guidance.
    In none except the highest class, and then only with a particularly skilful
set of little needlewomen, should " mixed" mending be taken regularly
a lesson in school. In a class of average size, it is quite impossible to
give to 
each the individual attention necessary when all are doing different work,
and the children cannot reap the full benefit of the time, unavoidably limited,
which can be given to school-mending. 
    The wiser plan is to have certain appointed days for the various kinds
of mending, e.g. for "darning holes in stockinys," or " patching
in patterned 

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