Thursday, November 12, 2009

Winter Crafts


On winter evenings, my mother twined rugs to use in the porch and in the house. I remember that she frequently wore dresses and aprons until my father died in 1965. During his battle with cancer, Mom began wearing shirts and pants because she took over his farming and milking chores. I don't remember her working on rugs after he died.

The cat was probably entertained by the fluttering fabric strips. Mom loved cats and always had several in and near the milking barn. The cats loved to clean the buckets after the calves were fed. Everywhere mom went on the farm, she was escorted by cats. Oddly, I only remember having two house cats.

I think this photo was taken in the early 1960s because the floor tiles are not in the kitchen (shown at left), and I remember when the flooring was installed.

8 comments:

  1. What a great history to look back at.......Times were a lot more simple back when and I think there was a heck of a lot more peace over-all.

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  2. Interesting set-up on that frame thing.

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  3. Wonderful photo. No wonder you are a twiner & teacher. Those linoleum patterns look so familiar. Your mother was quite a woman.

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  4. Oh, all looks familiar in my memory. Were the tiles black/white/gray--or did they have some red in them too? I wish I could see the date on the calender to the left, then we would know for sure the date. My mother never made the rugs, but I remember winding up the balls to take to the "loom lady".

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  5. So fascinating this image of your mom and her kitty! I LOVE IT. What a fun thing to share

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  6. Wow - I read ALL the posts - I've always admired the home-made rugs but did not know how they were made. My own Mom gave me 2 that served their purpose but I don't know how she made them.

    Thanks for all the info - the plans/frame look tempting.

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  7. I love this photo! Your mom reminds me very much of my grandmother. She always wore dresses and aprons, too. And when she worked outside she wore a bonnet.

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  8. Wonderful photo..very interesting frame that was used..love the kitty company and the apron! :)

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