Monday, August 6, 2012
Trousseau and doilies
In preparation for this glorious celebration, the bride often had a trousseau, a collection of items for when she married. Gathering items for a trousseau began long before there was a potential groom. Girls placed their prized items in a hope chest that was often placed at the end of the bed. While I never really mentioned a trousseau, two weddings take place during Once Jilted. Actually three if you count the one in which the groom never showed.
Above is a sample from my grandmother's hope chest, a dresser scarf that she crocheted as a child. The close up reveals the double stitch she used in the pattern. And while the heroine of Once Jilted, might not have had a hope chest because of her circumstances, her friend Lora Lee would have.