I slept and dreamed that life was Beauty;
I woke and found that life was Duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, sad heart, courageously,
And thou shalt find thy dream to be
A noonday light and truth to thee.
Ellen Sturgis Hooper
Three years ago I went through what the Queen would call an annus horribilis although some of us might describe a year like that rather less elegantly. My mood was low and it seemed that I was on an eternal treadmill. As they say 'misery loves company' and I derived some comfort from an an ebay picture of vintage embroidered pillowcases I had saved a couple of years earlier indicating that women before had felt the same and survived.
As they described my mood so perfectly I started a set. Lots of enlarging of the original thumbnail, some fudging of the very pixelated lines and a bit of imagination gave me the pattern. Embroidery was done at a relaxed pace for a couple of years and after much procrastinating they made it to the sewing machine for assembly. I was even able to use the lovely vintage lace mentioned a few posts ago and some pearl buttons from my stash.
Googling to check the original quote for this blog post, I also found that the original pattern dated back to 1897 and was available then from a Sears Roebuck catalogue and now from etsy shop muppin.com. How much easier would that have been 3 years ago, although it's been fun comparing and seeing that what I thought was an arm is actually a pillow and ...
Life is happier but I still think of those women who could create something beautiful despite from the frustrations they must have felt.