mellie o. jAMES
eMBROIDERY dESIGNS OF A MILL GIRL
This wonderful collection of over 100 drawings was rendered by Mrs. Mellie O. James during the years 1857 - 1858. The collection features patterns for silk, flannel, and wool.
Most of the patterns are rendered in a type of iron gall ink.
Several patterns were done by pokerwork, what was once known as "fire writing".
More commonly known today as pyrography.
Mellie likely used a fine pointed metal tool heated by candle flame
to gently burn her designs into paper.
Fortunately, Mellie signed most of her work.
She included dates, location, and the purpose of her patterns.