In the 17th Century both girls and boys were sent to dame-schools at an early age. The girls were not normally taught much book learning, but were taught how to be a good housewife. They were taught how to cook. They were also taught how to spin and weave and knit, not only for home wear but for the shops.
Fine knitting was well paid for, and was a matter of much pride to the knitter. Many complicated stitches were taught to the girls. The herring-bone being one type of fashion pattern. There was also the fox, and the geese knitting patterns.
The girls were taught how to create fashion trends by having initials knit into mittens and stockings. The alphabet was knit into mittens and sometimes even a verse of poetry.
Young women were taught to be gentle and learn fine embroidery. New fashion purses were made with fine embroidery and sold in the shops. Another fashion trend was the making of paper flowers, known as Papyrotamia. They were taught how to paint fine art on velvet. They learned about quilt piecing in a hundred different and difficult designs. They were also taught how to make bone lace with pillow and bobbins.