In the 18th century, your pocket was tied around your waist under your petticoats.  Pockets were large and held all your important stuff.  This is much like a pocket, only larger, and is an external accoutrement.  Rusty’s mother gave me this yellow linen, crisp as the day it was purchased, probably in the 1940’s or 1950’s.  The clue to the age is that the width was more narrow than yardage these days.  This glorious color is much like what I get when I dye with goldenrod flowers or osage orange sawdust, except it would be hard to get such a brilliant color on linen without using a caustic mineral, such as tin.  I made it for Jan, who has posted it and her passion for it on her blog’ Mississippi Sisters, at 


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