Artist Collection: (376 of 1280)< Previous | Next >
chair by the hearth, by rc dewinter
Tags: antiques, basket, chair, Connecticut, decor, fireplace, furniture, still life, vintage
  • SHARE
  • + MOUSE OVER image to zoom in
  • + CLICK to enlarge

chair by the hearth

by rc dewinter
Medium
Digital
Artist Notes
© 2010 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved ~ ~ ~ 'When Auntie Rose turned fifty, she suddenly picked up a new skill – crocheting lace. At first we were at a loss as to the origin of this sudden passion, but Teddy, never reticent, asked her outright at dinner one evening why it was she began to spend almost every evening in a chair by the fire, her needles clicking away furiously, for two or three hours.' ~ ~ ~ ' “Teddy,” began Mama gently – “It’s all right, Maude,” interposed Auntie with a smile. “It so happens that I was calling on Miss Amanda Byers,” she began, “and noticed a new vase on one of the small tables in her sitting room. Underneath the vase was the most delightful oval of lace. I had to ask her about it, and she told me in strictest confidence – so this is now a great secret among us as well – that she had been taking lessons in lace-making from the wife of old Tom, her man of all work. She had made it herself. I admired it extravagantly, for I was impressed with the quality of the thing. Amanda was so touched by my interest that she offered to teach me to do the same. Although as a young girl hundreds of years ago” – here Auntie winked conspiratorially at Teddy – “I had worked samplers and edged hankies and the like, I have never been a noted needlewoman. But what could I say? I agreed that I should learn to make lace.” ~ ~ ~ 'Here Mama smothered a smile in her napkin; Papa harrumphed gruffly, not at all troubling to hide his amazement. Auntie ignored them both and continued blithely, “I therefore on succeeding visits observed Amanda, paying close attention as she demonstrated the various stitching methods she employed. Strangely enough, when she finally deigned to place a pair of needles and thread in my hands, I found it most soothing to count and stitch, turn and count and stitch some more. So now, Teddy, you have the reason for my new hobby – and if you find occasion to mock my work, you may find nothing but a pair of lace stockings to wear with your knee breeches in your Christmas box.” ' ~ ~ ~ 'At this we all laughed heartily, as we were meant to, and Mama rang the bell for dessert.' ~ from the diary of Ellen Fall (1889-1965)
Contact Artist Send Artist an Email
 
Artist rc dewinter

More about rc dewinter

Location
ct, us
Artist Biography
All artwork © 2001-2012 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved Hello and welcome to my portfolio; I hope the year is treating you gently. ...
full bio >

Recently Added Art

  • Druid Oak
  • Sunrise Sea
  • Vincent
  • Virgin Blush
  • Rusitc Romance
  • Golden Renaissance Apples
  • No Socks in the Snow
  • Every Cowgirl Needs A Hat
  • Succulence
  • Six Japanese Bowls
  • Rosebud After The Rain
  • Sweet Honey of Desire
View artist’s gallery >

Similar Art

  • Old Wash Tub
  • Planer in Machine Shop
  • Andante
  • Vintage flag of South Africa
  • Vintage Utah State Flag
  • Vintage Arizona State Flag
View similar art >