My SAunt is also a very good sewer-my Matka, her sister-not so much. Matka could crochet like the wind, and she also shared so many afghans, sweater sets, and a bizillion scarves with all. No offense Mom, but I think you and I could not sew a straight seam for nothing.
I also remember SGV embroidering pillowcases. You would buy the pillowcases prestamped with a design, and all the stitches were "X", in different colors of embroidery thread, all blended in to make a pretty design, and then the edge of the pillowcase was finished with a crochet stitch. I did some crewel embroidery during one of my former lives, so I know you use a hoop or a stretcher when you embroider, but I can't remember her using one??? Maybe I was just not paying attention to the details.
About 1969, as both Matka and I were entering into marriages, and things were dispersed, I ended up with 2 pillowcases that SGV made. I never used them, that would be sacra-religious or something. I cherished SGV so much, that I did not want to destroy something that she touched. So, I have hand washed these things many times and keep moving them from home to home, and placing them at the bottom of my stack of pillowcases-so that they are never used by mistake. The other day, when pulling out pillowcases-and I use double pillowcases on each of the four pillows on our bed, so, I always grab a big bunch, I noticed these lovely pillowcases from SGV and pulled them out to look at them.
And I made a choice-I would use them. Now, don't be shocked at my wanton lack of good judgement. It is not that I suddenly devalued them, it was just that they were made to be used. So, I put one under the sheet-matching pillowcase on my main, favorite pillow that I lay my head on every night. Last night, I could feel the ridges of the embroidery through the covering pillowcase, and I thanked SGV for making them and SMatka for giving them to me. And I had sweet dreams-all night long. The end.