Thursday, November 12, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday--Stark Cross Stitch

Little Women, a cross stitch made by my maternal grandmother, Martha Marie Frederick Stark, for her daughter and my Mom, Martha Jean Stark Hughes in 1933. Considering it's age, it is in wonderful condition. My Grandmother Stark was dubbed with the nickname of Teek by me when I was a preschooler. We had to travel by a streetcar "teekcar" to get to her house when Mom and I would visit as Dad had the family car to get to work.

As mentioned in other blogs, this grandmother was a very talented seamstress and craftsperson. She made extremely well crafted dresses, crewel work, knitting, cross stitch, embroidery, crochet--there was little she couldn't do with a needle and thread or yarn. What makes it doubly amazing is that she was paralyzed by rheumatoid arthritis most of her adult life.

Now that I am thinking about this photo, I am wonder how Teek, with her arthritis even got up the flight of stairs to my bedroom? As tidy as the room is, I must have already left home either for college or marriage ;-)

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