Sunday, August 28, 2011
The Sewing Table
My mother remembers it sitting in the corner of her grandmother's dining room. It was always open and had a sewing project in progress laying on top.
We believe the table originated in Wisconsin and made the move to Iowa along with the rest of the family in 1892. Possibly it was a wedding present or perhaps a gift from her husband.
The table only measures 26 inches tall. Katherine was a tiny woman barely 5' tall, so it was probably just the right size for her use. Was the table made especially for her? We don't know at this time.
I'm also a seamstress like Katherine, but my new modern sewing/craft table measures 36 inches tall which is perfect for my 5'6" frame. When I stand at Katherine's table, I feel her presence and realize how small she was and to think she gave birth and raised 11 children! Her last child was born just 6 months before her first grandchild.
This picture of Kate was taken about 1906. She would have been about 44 years old. Her youngest child was about 4 years old and her oldest son was 28.
Shortly after Katherine's death, Tillie, her husband and younger children moved to California. The old sewing table was packed up and made the long trip over the mountains far away from it's Midwest origins. When Tillie died in 1984, the table was given to her daughter, Julia, who is my mother. Mom packed up the old table in California and drove it back over the mountains to Iowa.