"Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts, arising in the Paleolithic era. Before the invention of spinning
yarn or weaving fabric, archeaologists believe Stone Age people across Europe and Asia sewed fur and skin
clothing using bone, antler or ivory needles and "thread" made of various animal body parts including sinew,
catgut and veins."
Patchwork and Quilting
"Quilting was a very popular early American pastime, particularly in the Midwest, where quilting circles were
a common social pastime for women. Annual town fairs generally included a quilting bee, to award
excellence in quilting. Handmade quilts were a very common wedding gift for young couples, and were often
mentioned specifically in wills due to their sentimental significance. It was not uncommon, in early American
culture, for quilts to reflect a mosaic of a woman's life, often including swatches of material from memorable
events such as pieces of a wedding gown or a child's baptismal garment."