Makes sense.  That's what I do in my sewing circle--bring the nice stuff to 
work on and leave the ugly stuff at home.


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I get the impression that in the nineteenth century there was "private" 
versus "public" needlework.  Unmarried young women, at least, tended to do 
mending and make underclothes (shirts fell into that category) only within the 
family (when no callers were expected) or at most, only in front of intimate 
female friends. Their public, "fine" needlework showed off their skills in 
embroidery, netting, and so forth. When they made calls, they might be 
embroidering a flounce for a dress, or embroidering a fire screen, but not 
mending stockings.  Unpretentious matrons and mothers of large families might 
do plain sewing and mending in a more public way, but elegant married women, 

Lavolta Press

On 12/17/2015 6:38 AM, wrote:
> I have been getting the monthly reminders from, but I have to admit 
> I don't read them.
> I also have something to share--this is based on the paper I gave at the Jane 
> Austen Society of North America's annual general meeting in Louisville in 
> October.
> Ann Wass

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