I was told that the women who were interned in the war sometimes would hide their needles in the calluses on their hands when spot inspections were called. Often forbidden with the threat of grave sanctions, these stitched cloths in Amsterdam's Museum of the Dutch Resistance (Versetzmuseum) are testament then perhaps to the perversity of stitchers, the indomitability of stitchers and the power of stitching to sustain the spirit in the darkest hours.
The exhibition has nearly a year to run, so if you are visiting Amsterdam, do make a point of visiting these remarkable cloths. For more information in English, click here. Thank you, Denise, for sharing.