But speak-to-me-only-with-thine-eyes isn't a really reliable reason for embroidering doilies and hemstitching tablecloths.
"Anne Of The Island" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I taught her hemstitching, and I helped her to cut and fit.
"My Antonia" by Willa Cather
As a matter of course she hemstitched the best table linen and bed linen they could afford.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
She hemstitched a fine white linen handkerchief for her father while I read.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
It will of course be suspected by the experienced reader that Don Hemstitch did not have any bed.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
You could also make several small guest towels with deep, hemstitched ends with your initials on.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
One to six dozen finest quality linen sheets, plain hemstitched, large monogram.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Would she be reduced to taking in fine washing and hemstitching, and canning fruit?
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
The first step in hemstitching is the drawing of threads.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
A white hemstitched cloth and a bowl of snowdrops adorned the center table, and the cakes were set out on paper doilies.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil