Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 08:58 pm
I have two pieces of "handwork" done by my great-grandmother, Hattie Belle Chapin. (We called her Mema.)

They were framed by my grandmother, Hattie's daughter, Doris Balding.

Hattie instilled a sense of reverence and respect in handwork in all her daughters.

In some way, a woman's handwork was for them a measure of her worth.

This was Mema's favorite type of decorative handwork - crewel embroidery.


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On the paper cover of the back of each frame in her flourishing script, my grandmother wrote:

Done by Hattie Chapin Balding, 1970, in her 83rd year.

I hope to save them for my granddaughters when they reach an age where they can appreciate them.
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Friday, March 18th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love the color, the movement and her note on the back. I can't imagine doing such fine work at her age.

Thanks for sharing these!
Friday, March 18th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Every time I take them down to dust, I marvel that she was doing that kind of close-up needlework at 83.