[Msa-discuss] Embroidery in Modernist Works

Erin Kingsley mekingsley at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 17:54:20 EDT 2012

There is of course the sewing scene in Woolf's *Mrs. Dalloway* where Mrs.
Dalloway mends a tear in her dress for her party:

"Quiet descended on her, calm, content, as her needle, drawing the silk
smoothly to its gentle pause, collected the green folds together and
attached them, very lightly, to the belt."

Peter barges in when she is sewing, her dress spread over her knees, and he
thinks, "But she is too cold, he thought; sewing, with her scissors."

There are also the ominous, portentous sewing women "guarding the door of
Darkness" in Conrad's *Heart of Darkness* that appear throughout the novel
- but I think they are knitting "black wool," not sewing.

Erin Kingsley
Ph.D. Candidate & Digital Pedagogy Instructor
University of Colorado at Boulder
English Department
Hellems 101, 226 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0226
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