Maud kept her hands and eyes busy at all times, whether writing, cooking, gardening, observing, or creating. The University of Guelph Library Archival and Special Collections holds a collection of needlework made or saved by L.M. Montgomery, or Maud Macdonald (as she was known in Norval). There are cotton crochet borders and edgings, doilies, huckweave embroidered towels, dresser scarves, cloths, crazy patchwork cushion tops, and more.
Whenever women gathered or had a free moment at home, they chose to create their art. Along with her poetry and prose, Maud embroidered, crocheted, knit and sewed.
At a well-attended Norval Women’s Institute meeting in August 1932, Maud (Mrs. E. Macdonald) spoke about Laces and displayed some of her own best work. It’s possible that some of the items in the University’s collection were on display at that summer meeting 83 years ago.