The ladies of the house had to make all the clothing for everyone in the family. If they didn’t
bring fabric with them they had to make their own fabric too. Fabric could be made from
plants like cotton and flax, or from the fleece of sheep. Even the children helped with the
sewing in some way. Young ladies learned to stitch very early in life. Many were learning to
sew by the age of 4.
Everyone needed a pincushion to keep their pins and needles in. They usually had a long loop so that they could be hung from the waist. Can you find the pincushion in these pictures?