Thursday, May 14, 2009

Introducing. . . .

Ethel Rose

and Emma Violet.

I showed you all Emma Violet quite a while ago and I've been working off and on (mostly off) on Ethel Rose.

Ethel and Emma are identical twin sisters. They have lived together all their lives. A long time ago, Emma had a stroke and it left her wheelchair-bound, and affected her speech. Ethel has full-time care of her twin sister. When they were little girls, their mother dressed them in pink and purple (accordingly).

Now they are older, they no longer look identical and they wear lots of colors besides pink and purple. Their parents are gone, Ethel's husband is gone, neither twin had any children, there's just the two of them.

They like to go out to their favorite neighborhood bar and have a beer (or two, or three). Emma really likes her beer and gets very happy and sociable after a few. It's easier to understand her speech then too.

I met these dear ladies one night when I was lost, driving around a residential neighboorhood looking for someplace that was open so I could ask directions. I finally noticed a little hole in the wall bar called Caroline's and I stopped.

As I was walking up to the door, there were two older women, one in a wheel chair. This was before the days of ADA so there was quite a struggle to get the wheelchair across the gravel parking lot and into the bar. I assisted with holding purses, hats, coats, while the regulars inside got Emma and her wheelchair inside.

There was a flurry of greetings -- seems these ladies were still the belles of the ball -- and beers handed out all around. Ethel is quite the talker and had me captivated, first with the news they were twins, then with stories of their youth, with Emma correcting her when she got carried away with the story.

I had such a fun time with these two ladies that I never made my original engagement. I bought Emma a beer (or two -- she wasn't driving after all), and I would occasionally go back and see them at the bar on Friday nights. Ethel was always vivacious, Emma a little more quiet due to her speech difficulties, but she always had a smile on her face.

Some close ups for you:

The pictures were transferred to the fabric using the heat tool method and colored with crayon, colored pencil, fabric pens and embroidered details. Each one is small -- less then 16" (I forgot to measure them).
I had a lot of fun doing these and thinking about old times.


Judy S. said...

Very interesting, Lesa. We encountered a similar pair in San Francisco! Nice to see you posting today.

gocrazywithme said...

Hi Lesa,
Great story, beautiful antique looking blocks! Did you give the ladies the blocks?

Maddie Can Fly said...

No, I didn't give the ladies the blocks as I met them a long time ago. The bar closed down many years ago -- actually, it was condemned and torn down (LOL) and I just lost touch with Ethel Rose and Emma Violet.

SH Sue said...

What a great story with a great tribute. Beautiful work, Lesa - sue

Marcia said...

Love the story, and the stitchin'!

Susan said...

I love the story and how sweet you remembered them this way.
I do love the blocks and how appropriate!

Wilma said...

Lovely work Lesa, especially nice with the story of the twins with it!

Gina E. said...

Oh Lesa, this is a charming story. I work with the elderly, and I never tire of hearing their tales of their younger days. These are lovely projects.

pineapple_ing said...

Lesa, This is a sweet story. It makes me want to know more about them. I like both of your beautiful CQ Blocks equally and I'm gonna go back to find some up-close photos of the purple one. What a nice way to remember these ladies. I want to start using my lace now too, but I'm going to half to learn how to dye or tea dye them all first. I like how you made some the lace and blocks look antique/Victorian-ish.
Thanks for sharing Lesa, I love your work. ~ Ing

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What great memories, and such a beautiful way to preserve them. It would be nice to print the story and mount them together in a collage...

Good to 'see' you!

Christy said...

How cool Lesa! Those ladies sound like a blast...and what a wonderful way to hold those memories close!

We did it, we hit 400,000 this morning! I have never had a car payment, and never plan to, as long as I can find cars like this one to keep me on the road :) However, a new car wouldn't be all that bad....(not that I'll ever be able to afford one....)

Excellent work! HUGS!

Ricë said...

wonderful pieces and a fabulous story!

Christy said...

I'm LMBO...The funny thing about my car, is I just use the cheapest EVERYTHING in it. No kidding, what ever is on sale, that's what I buy. Maybe that's why it lasted so long...kept life interesting for her! Hope all is well with ya!