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A Manual


Showing the necessary positions. The rug the little girl is weaving is made of heavy carpet wool. The body of the rug is golden brown, with stripes of deep blue and green, separated by narrow stripes of white ]


A Manual for School and Home



Of the Motley School, Minneapolis, Minn.

With an Introduction by Alice W. Cooley

Formerly Supervisor of Primary Schools, Minneapolis, Minn.

With Fifty seven Illustrations


Rand, McNally & Company Educational Publishers Chicago New York London

Copyright, 1902, By Mattie Phipps Todd



An Introduction. By Alice W. Cooley 7

Chapter One. The Primitive Loom 13

Chapter Two. A Chat on Weaving 22

Chapter Three. First Steps in Weaving 30

Chapter Four. Methods of Stringing Warp 42

Chapter Five. Materials 51

Chapter Six. Directions for Dyeing 58

Chapter Seven. Methods of Splicing Materials for Weaving 83

Chapter Eight. Wool and Silkoline Rugs or Mats 86

Chapter Nine. Hammocks 93

Chapter Ten. Face and Dish Cloths and Bath Rugs 99

Chapter Eleven. Raffia Mats 101

Chapter Twelve. Oriental Rugs 122

Chapter Thirteen. Navajo Blankets 135

Chapter Fourteen. Songs, Games, and Stories 143

Chapter Fifteen. A List of Helpful Books and Magazine Articles 153

The Index 159

The highest aim of art is to make some useful thing beautiful.

Kenyon Cox.


For many years we, the teachers of the United States assembled in village, city, State, and national conventions, have recited our creed and chanted it in all keys.

[Sidenote: Our creed ]

We believe that man is a trinity, three in one head, heart, and hand, one soul made manifest; we believe that this union is vital and indissoluble, since "what God hath joined together" may not be rent asunder; we believe that this three fold man, being "put to school" on earth to grow, may devise and bring to successful issue no scheme of education that is out of harmony with the plan of the Creator.

Congratulating ourselves upon our ready and distinct utterance of this lofty thought, we have calmly returned to our man devised book schools for the acquisition of knowledge, in order to forward some plan for the accumulation of more knowledge.

[Sidenote: Deeds, not words, are now necessary ]

But "wisdom lingered"! Here and there voices were raised that would not be silenced: "You sang your beautiful song; what are you going to do about it?" In the words of John Stuart Mill, "It is now time to assert in deeds, since the power of words is well nigh exhausted."

Investigators, studying this union of head and hand from the physiological side, hurled truths at us that startled us from our lethargy.

[Sidenote: Physiological truths ]

Every stimulus poured into nerve cells through the avenues of the senses tends to pass out in motor action, which causes muscular movement. In every idea are vitally united the impression and the tendency to expression in action. The nervous system consists of the fibres which carry currents inward, the organs of central redirection, and the fibres which carry them outward sensation, direction, action. Since control means mental direction of this involuntary discharge of energy (directed muscular movement), control of the muscles means development of will as well as of skill... Continue reading book >>

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