Monday, April 1, 2013

Matrilineal Monday: Daisy's Violets on Velvet

My mother, Daisy Schwartz Burk, enjoyed crochet, crewel, needlepoint, and embroidery.

Here's a crewel piece Mom did on black velvet fabric. This has been in the family for about 60 years, and the colors remain beautifully vibrant. Now it's Sis's turn to enjoy it in her house. She's going to have it reframed and include a note about who made it and when.

Hermina Farkas Schwartz, my grandma and Daisy's mother, was a talented seamstress who helped to support her parents and siblings by working in a tie factory when the family came to New York City from their native Hungary. Grandma (known as "Minnie" to her sibs) sewed most of her niece's and nephew's clothing as well. We grandkids still remember playing with her treadle sewing machine when we were tiny tots, opening the little cubbyholes in the cabinet and taking out the extra belts and accessories. I still have some of Grandma's hand-embroidered linens, which I treasure.

Grandma's and Mom's love of the needle has been passed down through the family, and the next generation also enjoys embroidering and crocheting the heirlooms of tomorrow.


  1. What a lovely piece of crewel work, Marian! I love the petals; they look so soft and delicate.

  2. Thank you so much, Yvonne! This is a favorite in my family, and reframing will preserve it for the future.

  3. How lovely Marian. Was this piece displayed on a wall for abt. 60 yrs., and did you inherit these talents? I sure didn't, so all I can do is appreciate them.

  4. Barbara, this violet was on the wall for about 40 years, but miraculously it wasn't damaged by sunlight. Now back on the wall it goes! And yes, I'm a needlework hobbyist also :) Thanks for your comments...take care,