19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, April 25, 1914: Plugging away.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Oh dear—Sounds like Grandma was still helping with the spring housecleaning. Did she get any breaks in the work when she could relax, and do something she enjoyed? . . . perhaps do a little needlework?
These selections of designs bring out a very pleasing effect in embroidery done with silks and natural-colored linen. The flowers are worked solid and the leaves in long and short stitches. To develop the beauty of the pattern fully requires a very careful combination of color and shading.
One or two pieces of such distinctive work are sufficient in a room; if more is used the effect is too striking.
Ladies Home Journal (August, 1914)