Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Sewing book" 8"x6" oil on canvas


This Singer Sewing Book was published in 1949 and covers everything from hand sewing to upholstery including clothing, drapes, decorating your home and even making a car bassinet!  Here is one of the first sentences in the book and it will show you how people thought at that time, "The purpose of this book is to put into your hands in one complete package the means of attaining one of the happiest experiences of a woman's everyday life. Sewing, when it is done with skill and confidence, can be exactly that, for it can mean the satisfaction of family needs and wishes through the work of your own hands."
I have been sewing since I was 10 and it has brought much joy and misery to my life.  I have to tell you though that this book of 240 pages is my bible when I want to do a corded buttonhole or pocket or have any other questions about sewing.   
Never did make a bassinet.
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Nancy B. Hartley said...

Claudia, I love your book series! It would be great to see all of the paintings all together! Your choice of subject matter is so inspiring!

Virginia Floyd said...

I am loving this series. All the paintings are jewels.

I grew up sewing, too. I made most of my own clothes in high school, and I made my wedding dress and even suits! Global trade has changed everything--clothes are much less expensive now that they are made in China or Sri Lanka!

Mary LaRue Groft said...

Love how you did the scissors in this painting.