An illustrated reference for antique needlepoint or applied beadwork - plus a glimpse into the lives of the women who created this art. The book introduces the history and use of the beadwork and can help determine the age, provenance, construction, and materials used for antique beadwork. Beadwork was an integral part of a young girl’s education in needle arts and decorating from 1750 through the late 1900s. Many women continued to produce this art for use around their house or to wear. With beadwork in the 1800s, women could master social graces, tap their creative spirit, compete gracefully, and keep their man happy.