Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Needlepoint Bench

Photo by Salt Water New England

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Think of how far women have come since ladies of a certain stature did needlepoint and made sure the bird feeder was full.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They still do needlepoint and make sure the bird feeder is full.

      Delete
    2. Same here! Feeders filled every morning and needlepoint always next to chair. PA

      Delete
    3. Glad to hear it, but you missed my point.

      Delete
    4. I'd be interested in hearing what your point is! I'm genuinely curious, not just singling you out......

      Delete
    5. Hi Patsy, Here's the longer version of what I meant. I was trying to be succinct, but I don't think it worked!

      We all appreciate Muffy's selection of photos. A picture tells a thousand words, and we respond to them in different ways. A good number of her photos read like a book when you apply the concomitant social norms of the time and class. For instance, I don't know the people in Muffy's photos, but they look exactly like my parent's friends, or people with whom I went to school, so I have a nostalgic conection or reaction with in those parameters.

      I wish I could send a picture of it, but I have a needlepoint foot stool that my great great grandmother did. It is exactly the same color and pattern as on the bench above. As women did in those days beyond the children, she stayed home... and like a well brought up woman she did needlepoint and made sure the bird feeder was full. (You can reference ettiquette books of the time for the social stereptype). She was, as so many women were, limited in their role in life. She wasn't to point at anything, as it was considered rude. The only thing at which a lady was allowed to point were French pastries. My great grandmother was made to sit for extended periods and do exercises to make her mouth smaller when she spoke. Not joking here.

      Then along came the suffragettes, and now we have women voting... discussing wearing pants... to work... on a blog... and even owning their own companies like you. I think it is amazing the changes that have taken place in a relatively short period.

      And this is why I love so called "brown furniture" because there is so much history behind each piece.

      Delete
    6. Thank you for taking the time to explain! It's hard to hear tone & gender in print. I get what you're saying :)

      Delete
  2. This is gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete