Threads of Making

In tracing the threads that connect to the recent surge of interest in home economics, we should not neglect to pick up threads laid down by our own selves, at some point in the past. I am a member of the Generation named X. This means that I was raised during the last resurgence of interest in home economics, the 1970s. My childhood in a mountain cabin with no electricity and plumbing was punctuated by helping my admittedly hippie mother cook healthy meals in a pressure cooker, clinging to her legs while she pumped the treadle sewing machine to make us adorable garments (complete with sunbonnets) and watching my bemused patent lawyer grandfather straddle our nanny goat so that mother could sew up a torn teat.

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