Probably for Christmas one year in the 1940s, Leora Wilson gave little rocking chairs to each of her six grandchildren.
I suppose this one, and my sister’s, were eventually relegated to a store room, as our old farmhouse didn’t have an attic. Both of us were 4-H members, in the Penn Township girls’ club called the Penn Gwens. We needed projects to complete, to record in our record books and for the Madison County Fair.
The little rocking chair became a project of painting and reupholstering it.
I noted that the name of the paint was Chiffon, and that I’d braided the rug, which was another project.
The fabric swatch gives you an idea of how much colored photos of that era have faded.
Marilyn Lawson and I did a demonstration about making braided rugs from discarded clothing and blankets.
Meanwhile, I’d learned to do needlepoint. When son Dan was small, in the late 1970s, I refinished the chair. This time I designed and needlepointed upholstery for the seat.
Now the little rocking chair belongs to granddaughter Kate in the Twin Cities! She’s so busy, I don’t think she sit on it. Or anything else.