Today's the day to talk about the author of our pick for this round of the #LiterarySewingCircle! L.M. Montgomery is a classic Canadian author and is very well known indeed!
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in New London on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on November 30, 1874. She is best known for a collection of novels, essays, short stories, and poetry beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success & established her career. She published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays. Most of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island (except for our Blue Castle!) and those locations within Canada's smallest province became a literary landmark and popular tourist site. She lived on PEI until she married, when she moved to Ontario, but always wrote about the PEI she knew.
(mostly via Wikipedia)
But what many readers might not know about her is that she was also very interested in the domestic arts. She loved cooking, and was also an accomplished needlewoman. In 1903, before she was a published fiction writer, she contributed a pattern for a Netted Doily to the Modern Priscilla, a popular periodical at the time which included articles about craft, cooking and domesticity - and also some fiction in later issues. You can see some of that in a copy of The Shining Scroll, a newsletter sent out by the LM Montgomery Institute. I don't think the scan is clear enough to make the exact pattern, unfortunately but maybe you can find The Modern Priscilla is an archive near you ;)
“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”