|The Inside of My Housewife with Stork Scissors Attached|
In Alice's Tulips, Alice Keeler Bullock writes in a letter to her sister Lizzie, "I used leftover scraps to make Charlie a cunning housewife that is brown with blue pockets, bound in red twill, and it rolls up nice and fastens with hooks and red strings. Inside, the housewife is fitted up with needles and pins and thread so Charlie can mend his uniform if he gets shot. It's told that many soldiers go ragged because they won't sew for nothing, but Charlie sews as good as a woman. Remember when he boarded at the McCauley farm so that he could be close to me? The McCauley girls jollied him into learning to work a needle. Mattie McCauley says if a woman can plow, a man ought to know how to thread a needle. But how many do? I ask you." from page 5, Alice's Tulips
|The Outside of My Housewife|
|My Housewife Starting to Be Rolled Up|
|Completely Rolled Up and Tied|
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