This was handmade in 1949 by Bessie Myrtle Sitts Bryant. Her granddaughter, Judy Beal, gave it to me.
She tells me that for most of her life, she had a single mother, and her mother and grandmother were great role models. She says even after 25 and 50 years she still thinks about both of them some time every day.
Judy says others in the family have pieces of her grandmother’s embroidery and she can always identify the work. Her grandmother taught her embroidery and said the back of the piece should be almost as neat as the front of the piece. She says her house is filled with beautiful things from her grandmother.
I have to say, the back of this piece is exceptionally neat!
I am so touched by this gift. It’s really special when people share something so meaningful. I am humbled by her generosity. She had asked me a few days ago about creating a scavenger hunt list for her family, which was fun to do. She gave me this as a thank you. The list pales in comparison to the beauty of this piece. I am honored.