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Jul 16, 2009

The History of "Aprons"

I love aprons!
A wonderful email was sent to me by my girlfriend Judy-Judy! It was timely as I had just signed up for an Apron Swap. The subject was, The History of Aprons, which immediately caught my attention. I wanted to share it with all my blogger-friends.
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those bid old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the Autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Remember the 3 fabrics I showed you in a previous post....this is the results.
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I made another just to see if I could do it again.......LOL "Four Corners Apron" is the pattern from Vanilla House Designs (P132) http://www.vanillahousedesigns.com/ I give this pattern 3 snaps up! Did I tell you that I love aprons!

7 comments:

Kathy said...

Very Cute aprons! I have that pattern but have not used it. Maybe I need to give it a try.

DiahRothman said...

Love the blue apron...... I seldom use one while cooking.... for I seldom cook.... he he he!

M. Regina said...

Hello, I love read about aprons, and I thinke they are very important to us, housewifes. Hygs from Brazil

Holly said...

Those are so cute. Love them.

Dionne said...

I love those adorable aprons! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the apron you sent ME!!
I've never made any aprons myself. Something for my to-do list.
Cheers,
Dionne

monique said...

Hi Rhonda,
I have been away for some time and when I got home I found your wonderful package. it's absolutely lovely and I want to thank you for it.I will make some photo's tomorrow in daylight and place them on my blog. I'm glad that you made a comment on my blog because you haven't wrote your name on the package.You have a lovely blog aND i WILL COME BACK FOR A GOOD VISIT SOON.
hAVE A LOVELY EVENING.

Yarni Gras! said...

oh I love those patterns! The old fashioned aprons are so sweet!
As for the aprons, they ROCK...but I knew they would!

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