St. Paul, Minn. Webb Publishing Co., Webb Publishing Co., Fourth edition of both items. All editions and all entries in the series are rare, with only a few physical copies of each in OCLC. None of the copies recorded in OCLC are first editions. No. 1 with forty-seven text figures and six fabric samples laid in (plus needles, thread, and some lace). No. 2 with forty-four text figures and eight fabric samples laid in (with needles and thread). Also, with a large fold-out paper bodice pattern and a small brown paper envelope containing two buttons. Some toning to leaves from the laid-in cloth samples. With a teacher’s signature on one page of the workbook for No. 1. Near fine copies in their original envelopes. Each volume in brown paper front cover stapled to stiff board backing at top edge. Two volumes, 6 in. x 10 in. 38; 38 pp. Item #17554
Instructs students in both basic and complex stitches; sewing hems, seams, and buttonholes; attaching buttons; and sewing cuffs, sleeves, ties, collars, bodices, and petticoats. The workbooks also include instructions for teachers and parents.
Margaret Josephine Blair (b. 1863) was hired as head of the Domestic Arts at the University of Minnesota by Virginia Meredith in 1897. She also wrote Manual of Exercises in Hand Sewing, Adopted by Industrial and Grade Schools (1904) and the very successful Margaret J. Blair’s System of Sewing and Garment Drafting (also 1904).