17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, December 14, 1912: Made some handkerchiefs this afternoon. Of course they weren’t very fancy ones, but good enough for me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Was Grandma making the handkerchiefs for herself –she might have needed them since she’s had colds for much of the Fall—or as gifts for someone else?
In the old days people made lovely handkerchiefs. Some had tatted or crocheted borders . . others beautiful embroidery.
(An aside—Does anyone know how to tat anymore? It is so delicate and beautiful.)
Grandma said the handkerchiefs weren’t very fancy. Were they actually plain or did she just think that she wasn’t very talented at making handkerchiefs.
From one yard of handkerchief linen six squares may be cut and trimmed.
Ladies Home Journal (December, 1912)