I love the cover of Collins Encyclopedia of Home Sewing despite the slightly voyeuristic vibe of peering in through windows at women while they sew :-/
Actually I can relate, as I often notice passersby looking at me in my basement sewing room. I don't blame them, especially in winter, as I have lamps on and never bother to close the blinds unless I'm trying something on!
The back cover is even better in a way (at least one of the people being spied on is a man - phew!):
This is very much a guide book with useful instructions and sewing techniques but not a huge number of fun projects. Totally worth it for the cover though - not to mention the brilliant illustrations at the start of each chapter…
What a nice sewing room scene but that potted geranium is not going to last long before it gets knocked over!
Sunburst doors opening on to a beautiful garden. I wouldn't mind living here!
Laundry/utility room to illustrate the short chapter on repairs and stain removal - two of my favourite subjects!
A teenagers bedroom with records, record player and magazines strewn on the bed
A grown-up's bedroom - love the colours in this one.
I found this fabulous book a few years ago in a charity shop in Margate Old Town that had a whole room dedicated to haberdashery and a display of 1960s/70s nylon underwear strung up on a washing line! The shop is long gone now, sadly.
Collins Encyclopedia of Home Sewing, edited by Jean Kinmond, 1976. The wonderful illustrations are by Barry Rowe.