I think the question is who a woman wanted (or needed) to impress, with both her fine needlework skills, and with the evidence that she had sufficient leisure to devote to those instead of mending and plain sewing.

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On 12/17/2015 12:13 PM, annbw...@aol.com wrote:
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 

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 
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America's annual general meeting in Louisville in October.>>>> http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol36no1/wass.html>>> Ann Wass>>>> -----Original Message-----> From: Robin Netherton <ro...@netherton.net>> 
To: Historical Costume <h-cost...@indra.com>> 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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