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Quotations about Needlework


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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021


Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859


The sewing machine joins what the scissors have cut asunder, plus whatever else comes in its path.  ~Mason Cooley


Sewing mends the soul.  ~Author Unknown


Really I don't dislike to cook, but what you cook is eaten so quickly.  When you sew, you have something that will last to show for your efforts.  ~Elizabeth Travis Johnson


She watched and taught the girls that sang at their embroidery frames while the great silk flowers grew from their needles.  ~Louise Jordan Miln, The Feast of Lanterns


Needlepoint:  the delicious art of filling in holes with wool.  ~Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus


Knitting is very conducive to thought.  It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.  ~Dorothy Day


I found a quantity of sewing waiting with open arms to embrace me, or rather for me to embrace it, and I could hardly give myself up to "Nature's sweet restorer," for the ghosts of out-of-order garments crying for vengeance upon my defenceless head. ~Emily Dickinson, 1846


I like making a piece of string into something I can wear.  ~Author Unknown


I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them.  ~Author Unknown


Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing.
~Author Unknown


May your bobbin always be full!  ~Author Unknown


Stitch your stress away.  ~Author Unknown


Knitting is a boon for those of us who are easily bored.  I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would otherwise drive me stark raving mad.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


If the knitter is weary the baby will have no new bonnet.  ~Irish Proverb


The priest was on a roll: "Each person you meet is worthy of your compassion!" he prayed loudly. "Sheep, too," the knitter mentally added.  ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


WANTED: A needle swift enough
To sew this poem into a blanket.
~Charles Simic, 1969


In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.  ~Jeff Bezos


Sleep knits up the raveled sleeve of care, but it doesn't sew on buttons. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


The girl who sits in the porchway low
Sings to her needle as to and fro
It weaves the seam with its glittering glow,
Close in the garment she holds to sew.
            Sing to the seam;
            Sing it your dream;
            Lodge in each stitch
            Part of its gleam...

A song's good company while you sew;
It helps the needle to onward go
And trace its work in a dainty row
As the tossed threads shorter grow.
Tune and labor, together aglow,
The richest blessings of time bestow.
            Sing to the seam;
            Sing it your dream;
            Lodge in each stitch
            Part of its gleam.

~Sara L. Vickers Oberholtzer, "Sing to the Seam," Come for Arbutus, and Other Wild Bloom, 1882  [a little altered —tg]


The best thing about doing needlepoint for very small children is that they are so uncritical.  The don't say things like, "I see you've missed some stitches over here on the leg, was that intentional?" or "Was this creature blinded in a fight?"  They will clasp it in their little arms and love it besottedly, inseparably as the thing becomes more and more rancid.  ~Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus


All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.  ~Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851


Yesterday's weaving is as irrevocable as yesterday. I may not draw out the threads, but I may change my shuttle. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


It took me years and years of trial efforts to work out that there is absolutely no knitting triumph I can achieve that my husband will think is worth being woken up for.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


Give me that life that is seamed and riven with living. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


Plain Sewing and Cooking are so old-fashioned that they are fast becoming new Fads. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Bachelors and Old Maids, 1908


As ye sew, so shall ye rip.  ~Author Unknown


If I could patch a coverlet
From pieces of the Spring,
What dreams a happy child would have
Beneath so fair a thing!
A centre of the dear blue sky,
A bordering of green,
With patches of the yellow sun
All chequered in between.
Bright ribbons of the silky grass
Laced prettily across,
With satin of new little leaves,
And velvet of the moss.
In every corner, violets,
Half-hidden from the view,
With many-flowered squares betwixt,
Of pinky tints and blue..
Embroideries of little vines,
And spider-webs of lace...
With gold-thread I would sew the seams,
And needles of the pine;
Oh, never child in all the world
Would have a quilt like mine!
~Abbie Farwell Brown, "Spring Patchwork," 1901


I am a soul in process. I am life in the making. I am a weaver with shuttle and thread, and back in my loom the design begins to show. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul.  ~Author Unknown


Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to weave.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Woman has relied heretofore too entirely for her support on the needle - that one-eyed demon of destruction that slays thousands annually; that evil genius of our sex, which, in spite of all our devotion, will never make us healthy, wealthy, or wise.  ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton


"Heirloom" is knitting code for "This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


When I learned to sew, I forgot how to cook.  ~Author Unknown


When life throws you scraps, make a quilt.  ~Author Unknown


Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by.  Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown


Out of life's tangled skein
      Draw here and there a thread;
      And one is black with pain,
      And one with grief is red,
      To show a heart hath bled.
And one is white as youth;
      It marks its perfect time,
      When life, untouched of ruth,
      Mounted toward Summer prime,
      Through love, romance, and rhyme.
Beside Love's glowing threads,
      Here one is cool and gray,
      Where passionate morning weds
      A neutral-tinted day,
      And Peace comes down to stay.
Imperial purple weaves signs,
      Hints of loftier bliss bespread,
      Memories in royal ray tread
      With pallid and paling lines
      Of youth forever fled...
Yet, touching them, they glow,—
      Again the young, warm thrill,
      The tones all sweet and low,
      The hushed heart waiting still,
      As eyes with love o'erfill...
We seat us down some day;
      And from life's tangled skein,
      That Memory holds alway,
      We smooth out lines of pain,
      And love-threads hold pure gain.
O myriad-tinted threads!
      We gather you all at last;
      You mark our whitening heads,
      You bind us to our past,
      And we hold you close and fast.
~Mary Clemmer (1831–1884), "Life-Threads," 1882  [a little altered —tg]


Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.  ~Author Unknown


I'd rather be stitchin'
than in the kitchen!
~Author Unknown


If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?  ~Author Unknown


Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame.  ~James Edward Austen-Leigh, about Jane Austen


I'm a material girl - want to see my fabric collection?  ~Author Unknown


A knitter only appears to be knitting yarn. Also being knitted are winks, mischief, sighs, fragrant possibilities, wild dreams. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Useful and ornamental needlework, knitting, and netting are capable of being made, not only sources of personal gratification, but of high moral benefit, and the means of developing in surpassing loveliness and grace, some of the highest and noblest feelings of the soul.  ~Author unknown, from The Ladies' Work Table Book, 1845


Needlepoint is a superb way to stop smoking and nibbling, and unlike counted cross stitch also allows the mind to wander.  ~Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus


Shall I stitch and stitch that my flesh may be covered, and leave no time for the weaving of fabric for my shivering spirit? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XVIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921


I'm itching to be stitching!  ~Author Unknown


Silver threads and golden needles cannot mend this heart of mine. ~Jack Rhodes & Dick Reynolds ♫


Memories are stitched with love.  ~Author Unknown


Sewing forever, housework whenever.  ~Author Unknown


Don't needle the seamstress.  ~Author Unknown


Quilters never grow old, they just go to pieces.  ~Author Unknown


Chains do not hold a marriage together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.  ~Simone Signoret


...the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast,—
~William Shakespeare, Macbeth, c.1605  [II, 2, Macbeth]


Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time.  I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place.  The time spent riding the bus each day?  That's a pair of socks over a month.  Waiting in line?  Mittens.  Watching TV?  Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl.  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


A family is a patchwork of love.  ~Author Unknown


Sewing is cheaper than a psychiatrist.  ~Author Unknown


Love is the thread that binds us.  ~Author Unknown


Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.  ~Author Unknown


Those who sleep under a quilt, sleep under a blanket of love.  ~Author Unknown


Grandma-quilts have love in every stitch.  ~Author Unknown


Angels mend our patchwork hearts with threads of love. ~Terri Guillemets


A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.  ~Author Unknown


Quilt 'til you wilt.  ~Author Unknown


Thank you to Ellen for submitting some of these quotes.



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