Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day--

My mother's hands, at some finishing work on a piece fresh off the loom.
She is also a great gardener, particularly with native plants.
She used to be head of Serials at Western Carolina University's Hunter Library.
She lives on top of a mountain next to the sky...







5 comments:

  1. This work is incredible and lovely, Marly.
    Such things are still being created. The world is in so much better shape for that fact!

    Thank you for posting this!

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  2. My mother has always been a grand needlewoman and gardener, and I do think she has made the Earth more an Eden, and the world more beautiful.

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  3. Oh, such beautiful work. I love the red one most.The style of weaving in the 4th and 5th photos remind me of somewhat of one old worn out tablecloth amongst my mother's things. Another Finn once told me that it was a very unique traditional Finnish pattern so I now have it tucked away safely.

    As Paul said, it is wonderful to see such things still being made. Lucky you, too!

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  4. I wonder . . . red and white was very popular in stitchery and quilting in the nineteenth century. Perhaps it Finland! I really don't know.

    I do have a beautiful red and white piece, a wide runner. Right now it's just hanging over a rocker--cats and runners don't go together all that well.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.