Grandma Painted a Picture

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 04
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1972
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
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Title Grandma Painted a Picture
Description One Sunday Jim came home in low spirits. It seemed there was to be an Aaronic Priesthood party on Tuesday night and he couldn't go because his pants were too patched and ragged. His mother said, "Yes you can go, we will make some pants for you". Monday morning, long before it was light outside, a sheep was brought into the house and sheared on the hearth by the light of the fire. The wool was scoured, washed in home made soap suds, the precious Inoigo was brought out and a few drops mixed with "chamber lye", to set and to add color to the wool. The wool was then hung in the sun, when dry, the wool was corded into fluffy bats. It was then taken to the spinning wheel in the corner to be made into yarn, onto the cumbersome, crude loom for weaving. Sometimes the warp was white and the wool colored to make a cloth called salt and pepper, but Jim's pants were to be all blue. The weaving was hard work, both feet were used and each time they came down the bars jerked the weavers back and head; the hands were used to guide the yarn back and forth and there was a slim smooth stick at the top to push the yarn down firmly as each row was woven. Finally at the end of long hours the cloth was finished. It was spread out on the floor and Jim's old pants were laid on for a pattern. His mother cut the new pants with her big sew- ing shears. The pants still had to be sewed by hand, but they were finished in time. From the scraps left after the cutting, a pair of little blue slippers were made for Elizabeth and she wore them with pride as she and Jim set out gaily to the party. One winter two men came from Wyoming with some horses to feed. They camped in an old cabin not far from the Wilcox home. When they left in the spring they gave Grandpa Wilcox a couple of pairs of old boots, too worn out to use, but the tops were quite good. He took the tops and made shoes for his two older girls, the first leather shoes his daughters ever owned. Grand-ma said, "Sarah's shoes were prettier than mine, they had a red star on the side". - 47 -
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 4
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325783
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