December 31, 2011

Shepherding the Flock

A Comforting Remembrance!
Earlier in December I gathered rose hips and added to the Princess pine and rosemary. As you might recall, in my "Delightful Kindred Spirit Finds" post, I mentioned various old well loved things previously owned by a kindred spirit Martha. This little basket is another one of them.

Rose Hips hanging from the mantel and an old English shepherd's staff alongside.

An old fashioned English smock.

In "The Workwoman's Guide", originally published in 1838, there is instruction on making a smock.
In referencing bunnies and knitted rabbit wool items from Beatrix Potter's stories and a knitting pattern, Tasha Tudor mentioned "The Workwoman's Guide" and wrote to us "Maybe you also own this invaluable work?" Those at Corgyncombe find that "The Workwoman's Guide" is indeed a most valuable guide. It contains information, patterns, and instructions relating to bonnets and
caps, collars, stitches, shawls, frocks, sleeves, knitting, household items, and many other things. The book has instructions for making little stitches and "neat" and "neatly" are predominant words.

The real and original Tillie Tinkham, seamstress mouse for the dolls at Corgyncombe.
Tillie Tinkham is in agreement with Tasha Tudor:
"The Workwoman's Guide" is an "invaluable work"!

The sheep in the stable remind me of my own. Raising sheep has long been a tradition in my family for many generations. In addition, my direct family surnames include both Shepard/Shepherd and Angel... puts one in a Christmastide mood!

The Shepard's Barn
I truly like the smell of the unwashed fleece. I love spinning wool in the grease. Spinning in the grease is not for everyone but I do not mind the smell of the fleece, in fact I find the smell comforting as it reminds me of when I was a little girl going into the old barn with the beautiful stone foundation and seeing all the lambs with their mamas.

How I just loved the little lambs!
I have loved old fashioned things since I was a little girl, even before I discovered Tasha Tudor!
The first Tasha Tudor illustrations I saw was when I was a child after the above photograph was taken and they were in "Childcraft Poems of Early Childhood". One of the poems was "Mary's Lamb" where Tasha illustrated an old fashioned schoolhouse with the children working on their slates at their desks when Mary's little lamb appears and tries to enter the schoolhouse. Tasha's illustration also shows the old schoolhouse with the lovely rolling hills in the background. I have always and forever loved rolling hills! The last illustration shows Mary tenderly giving her lamb a hug!
The photograph of me hugging the lamb reminds us of Tasha Tudor's Mary hugging her lamb and of other Tasha Tudor illustrations, as well!

What Tasha has drawn in her illustrations are the same old ways that I grew up with. I find them familiar, comforting, and I am drawn to them.

A basket of Diane's handspun natural colored yarns.

The Shepard's Pasture

Sarah and Daisy the Nubian Goat, we call her Daisy Petals. Can you see why?



Becca said...

One of my newest thrift shop "finds" was an Ashford spinning wheel for $40! It was in beautiful condition and only needs to be tightened. My plan for the new year includes spinning lessons!
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Jeri Landers said...

Dear Diane and Sarah,
Martha's basket is perfect for holding the rosehips!
I think Tillie Tinkham and Dimity Doormouse should get together for a sewing session, what a fine little quilt they could make, with stitches SO "neat" and tiny.
I understand your love of spinning in the grease, ( although I am a poor spinner) I do shear my own sheep, and I love the scent and the feel of the lanolin on my hands as I clip away. What kind of sheep are these? They look a bit like Shropshire, but not quite.
What an expert spinner you are, your yarn is so beautiful and perfect.
Cousin Jeri

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Oh Diane and Sarah how I have missed visiting here!! (I am at the Library now, because my computer is Ca-put)
I have missed the entire advent posts so I am going to visit as many as I can before the Library kicks me out tee hee!!
I hope you all had a BLESSED CHRISTMAS and New Year!!!
Much Love, Blessings long lost Linnie

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