I do research on and recreate garments and objects from the past. My sources range from original items to photographs in books, periodicals, art works, literary references and period patterns. My research also involves the history of knitting needles and related implements.
The portrait in the corner is by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) of Elisabeth Alexeyevna (?), location and ownership unknown.
Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel (c.1570) Pieter Pietersz (Dutch, 1540/41-1603) Oil on panel, 76 x 53 cm Object number:SK-A-3962 Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Purchased with support from the Stichting Jubileumfonds Rijksmuseum 1958
The air of romance in this painting does not bode well. The young lady does not seem to welcome the advances of the man seated beside her. Does she doubt his sincerity or should she or would she rather be working on her spinning and all that that entails? She looks a tad fed up - does he, in fact, frequently interrupt her work? Whatever the case, I like this painting for the detail of the tools even though we cannot see very much of the wheel.