Adeline, if I may call her that, rather than Mrs Willian Roseborough, lived in Owen Sound which is a small town and farming community on Georgian Bay. This is the eastern part of Lake Huron. She and William were married on Christmas Day in 1877. They had a potato farm and retired from this in 1905. Adeline was killed in a motor car accident in 1940 at the age of 82.
Apparently, Adeline was an artist and a stitcher as well as being a farmers’ wife and mother of nine children. The stitched photo above is entitled Adeline’s House.
Faith, a friend, neighbour and quilter, invited our embroidery group over for tea and to see her great grandmothers embroidered pictures. We were impressed and curious about the two very unusual embroideries that Faith inherited.
Getting photographs was difficult due to them both being glassed for protection and window reflection. Below are close-ups of Adeline’s other embroidery.
The picture above contains a lot of trees which are stitched in different ways.
Trees and sky. Blue trees? But they so effective against the neutral and horizontally stitched sky. Take a close look at the detail.
This is lower in the picture but gives one an idea of how it was stitched. We think that the fabric used is tapestry canvas. Adeline used casual straight stitching to achieve texture and detail and a dramatic effect.
We also think that the thread is wool which would have been more readily available than silk. The dyes could have been natural. Without taking the framing apart, we have no idea if the threads have faded with time. It was stitched in the 1930s when Adeline would have been in her 70s.
There are two birds standing side by side in the foreground. The stitching of them is quite different from that of the remainder of the picture. Could they be storks?
I hope that your computer will allow you to enlarge these photos.
Stitching friends! What do you think? These are puzzling and interesting historical treasures.
As an artist, Adeline may have prepainted the canvas herself. If it was a kit from any source, I have never seen anything like this before and I have been around for a very long time.
Your comments and ideas would be most welcome by myself and by Faith.
Hint for posterity.
Write relevant details on the back of your work or include information for future generations. We would have appreciated answers straight from Adeline herself instead of guessing this and supposing that.
Here’s hoping to hear from you!