You are probably mostly right. However, Rachel Van Dyke did write once of 
taking her "bundles" of mending down when a friend called and so had one bundle 
less at the end of the visit. Of course, even those clothes in the bundle that 
needed mending may not have been the most intimate ones, or, as you say, it may 
have been an intimate friend--I don't think she specified. And yes, mending 
stockings seems to have been mostly a solitary pursuit and may have added to 
the drudgery of the chore. Hard to know if Ruth Henshaw was in company or alone 
when mending, but remember she was visiting away from home.

Ann Wass

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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, not.FranLavolta 
Presswww.lavoltapress.comOn 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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Historical Costume <>> Sent: Thu, Dec 17, 2015 9:33 am> 
Subject: Re: [h-cost] Is h-costume still going?>> I'm here -- but my first post 
saying so (from an alternate address by mistake) was rejected.On 12/17/2015 
12:17 AM, Carol Kocian wrote:> Hi all,>> Is h-costume still going? I’m trying 
to change my e-mail address for it, but the link below does not work.>> 
Thanks!> -Carol>>>>> _______________________________________________>> 
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