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I Wonder What Happened

I Wonder What Happened

I’ve been rummaging in the archives of late, in particular in a pile of papers left by my Grandmama. I don’t know which newpaper this was cut out of, but it describes Mrs Peggy Jones’ passion for drawn thread work. I’ve done a little googling, and I’ve not found any reference to either the journalist or Mrs Jones in relation to drawn thread work. She mentions unpicking it to work out the stitches, and taking a year to work a tablecloth – all of which I think we can all relate to!

Grandmama didn’t do any drawn thread work that I’m aware of, so I don’t know why she cut it out, unless it was surprise and delight to find any form of needlework in a newspaper.

I’ve scanned the article so that you should be able to read it – maybe if we all keep asking, we can find out what happened to Mrs Jones and her stitchery?


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Always nice to see old articles and wonder what the story is.

  2. Janice says:

    Is it just me and the failing eyes….? Sorry – can’t read any of the main text at all!

  3. susan says:

    I save every article written about a stitcher. There just aren’t that many…

  4. Penny says:

    Oh, its always fun to find something like that. I think those kinds of articles were more common when more people actually did a lot of hand sewing. Perhaps one day people will look back at our blogs as being ‘quaint’ – what do you think?

  5. Kimberley says:

    Oh, I wish we could get that quality of linen for £14!

  6. karen says:

    I wonder if perhaps your Grandma was friends with this lady…or knew of her…..

  7. Carolyn says:

    If only I had a cheap source of linen like that?
    Maybe your grandmother was going to follow up doing some of that kind of stitching, at some time in the future? I know I’ve got a few links saved for that kind of thing.

  8. Terrie says:

    Something of curious and precious of the late loved ones.

  9. Sandy says:

    @ Janice – Are you trying to read the picture at the head of the post? If you click on the picture of the newspaper, it opens slightly larger in a new window. I could read it then, with hardly any squinting.

  10. Janice says:

    Aha, now I can read it.
    I think things have changed a lot since 1985. Far more shops selling the designs, the quality fabrics, the threads. Even so, without blogging and the like, needlework would still be a pretty lonely activity today. I mean, I do it because I enjoy the time alone, but it’s nice to have someone to talk to about it and share experiences with, alongside that.
    I wonder if your grandmother did make contact with Peggy.

  11. I did a small piece of drawn thread work many years ago as a present for my Mum. It is now in a frame in my studio. I have never been tempted to do any more!

  12. Megan Hodges says:

    Mrs Jones would be so pleased at the popularity of drawn thread work now – a plethora of books entirely on the subject! And teachers etc etc. How fashions in embroidery/needlework change.

  13. Val Edwards says:

    In response to ‘I wonder what happened’ – Judith Edwards was a journalist working with the Wallasey News and Bebington News (both in Wirral, Cheshire) and after that as a sub-editor of the Liverpool Post and Echo. Merseyside . She died in early 2009. Perhaps an enquiry for information from the archives of any of these newspapers may help you trace the original article and any follow up? I think the clipping you posted is from the ‘Liverpool Echo’. I hope you find more information……