Let me start with corrections and omissions regarding this passage from the last post: “Oh, ancestors go-to-China!” exclaimed Emery Bag. “We live in the present, and I demand—I demand justice. I leave it to anybody if it’s fair to have twenty needles stuck into your heart at once!” A friend of mine contacted me to … Continue reading Chapter XII & XIII: Mary Frances’ Treasure Box & Making a Doll’s Apron.
Chapter XI begins with Mary asking grandmother for a piece of white lawn cotton. “Why, certainly, dear," said Grandma. ''You are such a good child. I am sure I never saw a little girl who was so able to amuse herself." "My, I wish I could explain about my little friends," thought Mary Frances, but … Continue reading Mr. Silver Thimble is the worst.
I debated skipping this chapter. I didn't make Mary Frances's Laundry Bag because I am awash in handmade things to put things in. It's where I started my self-taught machine sewing journey while in Japan...even before I owned a machine! I used a high school's home economics machines in my down time between teaching. You … Continue reading Chapter IX: A Doll’s Laundry Bag
After instructing Mary on hand stitching techniques, the Sewing Bird starts her on a grand sampler on canvas. I don’t intend to make one. Cross stitch doesn’t interest me much. I have no need to depict a small house terrorized by a giant black rabbit. Then the Sewing Bird reveals more about herself. ''Dear little … Continue reading Chapter VIII & IX: Sewing Bird Fairy Lady & Magic and Mystery
Let’s see where our characters are before the Thimble people. Where we find Mary, in her own words: “'Mother is never very strong, and Father had to go to California on business; and he thought wouldn't it be nice to take Mother with him. So I'm here at my dear Grandma's for the long summer … Continue reading Before Mother’s Grand Gift.
Easy Steps In Sewing for Big and Little Girls or Mary Frances Among the Thimble People. Jane Eayre Fryer wrote a series of Mary Frances books in the early 1900’s, seven to be exact, as a way to teach young girls a complete course in home economics. The Adventures Among the Thimble People is her … Continue reading Mary Frances; preface