There were no lazy ladies among my ancestors. After the sturdy farm women who came before me cooked, cleaned, canned, and killed chickens, they sat down with their needlework, rocked and stitched away.
Painting with needle and thread was their creative outlet, one of the few chances to “play” in their anything but frivolous lives.
Take this colorful dresser scarf fragment. I stitched it twice (across and diagonally) to heavy canvas. Anchored this way, the fragile embroidery is not only stabilized, it becomes the centerpiece of a hard-working tool apron for a modern hard-working woman.
Canvas and denim construction–there’s nothing frail about this design. And something beautiful will be on display again.
Plus–I think the good karma is transferred. The original stitcher would be proud.
How do you celebrate hard-working women in your work?