Santa Fe: New Mexico Department of Vocational Education, 1943. ,67pp. Printed on rectos only. Mimeographed. Folio. Original yellow wrappers, stapled; rear cover perished. Front cover detached, moderately chipped. Light wear and toning to text, heavier to outer leaves; final leaf loose. Good. Item #2123
A mimeographed work comprised primarily of illustrations depicting stitch patterns found in New Mexican colonial embroidery. The brief text describes the history of embroidery in colonial New Mexico, and the methods employed in its production. There then follow numerous designs and motifs printed one to a page. "The most outstanding examples of this art have remained in the form of -Colchas- Altar Cloths and Table Covers. It is probable that altar cloths were the first done, as the church and its adornment was a matter of personal pride and concern to all Spanish colonials. ... We are of the opinion that such art was typical of all New Mexico and southern Colorado where the people of Spanish descent settled." First published in 1935, we find fewer than ten copies of this updated edition in OCLC.