Her Life Was Like a Rose Pattern

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; 
it will come out a rose by and by.
Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently
 and the pattern will come out all right...like the embroidery.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes~
It isn't often you find vintage photos of women with their needlework.  Finding this one got me to thinking about how much of their lives women of yesteryear spent with needle and thread, yarn and hooks, hoops and linen, and frames and muslin.  But how often did they sit for a portrait with their needlework in hand.  Having a portrait made was not a spur of the moment event in the late 1800's and early 1900's. 
 I'm thinking that this woman was conveying one of two things...
...her life was like a rose pattern...one stitch at a time taken patiently.
...knitting is a boon for those of us who are easily bored. 
I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would
otherwise drive me stark raving mad.
~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee~
I have to say that I'd very much like to be thought of as a person that Oliver had in mind.
However, the part about 'one stitch at a time taken patiently' ... that's where Mr. Holmes lost me.
So, I guess I'll have to go with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee!
I take my knitting/needlework everywhere...it's a comfort for Me and Thee!


  1. Perhaps the woman was known for her special talent at creating more exquisite shawls and table cloths than others were capable of. I'm glad you have documented yourself with needle and thread. I'm sure you're exactly the woman Oliver had in mind.

  2. very interesting photo for sure!! When I see old photos like this, I always with there was a story attached on the back of the photo. Happy VTT

  3. what a treasure that photo is. thanks for sharing it!

  4. That's a great vintage photo. It's really rare to see a woman with her "work" in an old photograph.

  5. You are so right about rarely seeing portraits with women and their needlework. In fact, until now, I'm not sure I ever have. You have a treasure!

  6. I love hearing stories from old photos! What a deligthtful tribute you are creating here!


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