[Msa-discuss] Embroidery in Modernist Works

Jeffrey McCarthy jmccarthy at westminstercollege.edu
Tue Jun 26 18:01:29 EDT 2012

This makes me think of Conrad's Fates ... the two knitting women who haunt Marlow's memories of Europe:
"Often far away there I thought of these two, guarding the door of Darkness, knitting black wool as for a warm pall, one introducing, introducing continuously to the unknown, the other scrutinizing the cheery and foolish faces with unconcerned old eyes. Ave! Old knitter of black wool. Morituri te salutant. Not many of those she looked at ever saw her again"

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>>> "Churchill, Suzanne"  06/26/12 2:56 PM >>>
I would check out Edith Wharton's The Decoration of Houses. Marjorie Allen Seiffert's "Love Poems in Autumn" talks about various textiles and decorations for the modern home, but I can't remember if embroidery is mentioned. Poet and artist Marguerite Zorach began making tapestries, rather than painting in oils, after she had children to care for.

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Sui Sin Far has several stories where women earn their livings by doing embroidery in the home, i.e. "White Woman Who Married a Chinese".

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On 2012-06-26, at 12:47 PM, Jim Bloom wrote:

In House MIrth  Lilly Bart has to learn how to sew and Mattie sews for a couple of pages in Ethan Frome.
Lots of sewing in  Abraham Cahan's 1917 novel The Rise of David Levinsky
"There had been cooking
and sewing and sweeping and the deep dream of sleeping grey skies in
winter. Always it had been like that and she had been happy." Long Black Song"" by Richard Wright

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>>> David McWhirter > 6/26/2012 3:28 PM >>>
Henry James's New York Edition prefaces repeatedly employ embroidery images/metaphors to talk about the novelist's art.  David

On 6/26/2012 1:32 PM, Jennifer Williams wrote:
Dear All,

I'm trying to work through an idea about embroidery and sewing in the works of modernist writers.  I honestly don't know if this is a broad question or not, but does anyone know of works that include references to or scenes of embroidery and sewing?

Thanks very much,


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