The Prestigious Family's Young Lady and the Farmer - Chapter 14 Part 2
- The Prestigious Family's Young Lady and the Farmer
- Chapter 14 Part 2 - Giving you my everything
Translated by: Sunshine
Under the guidance of Yang shi, Lin Qing Wan began to make one by herself.
The first step was to paste the sole of the shoe.
Spread a white cloth on the table, then boil a cup of rice and simmer it until a thick rice soup is formed. Then apply it evenly on the white cloth with a brush, making sure that it was applied on every inch of the white cloth. It needs to be applied appropriately, not too much, or not too little.
After finishing applying on the first layer, immediately add another layer of white cloth on the top of it and again apply the paste on the second layer. This time, while applying the rice soup, a little bit of pressure needs to be applied, making sure to make the first layer and the second layer was perfectly adjusted closely.
Similarly, the above actions need to be repeated more than 20 times. Of course, one need not past these many layers, but Yang shi had a habit of pasting 24 layers, so she also taught Lin Qing Wan to paste 24 layers.
After pasting the shoe’s sole, Yang shi gently lifted the glued cloth board with both hands and took it to the kitchen. She then placed it on the stove side and lit the stove with the fire to let the paste dry quickly. If one had to put it under the sun, it would take several days to dry completely.
She then returned to the room and began to teach Lin Qing Wan how to make the upper part of the shoe.
There are two parts to the instep of a shoe, the vamp and the upper. Not only do you have to cut the inner as well as the outer lining of the vamp and the upper, but you also have to glue both the linings of the upper with paste and dry it. The vamp, however, doesn’t need to be glued. It just needs to be cut and ready for use…
Of course, some people would especially embroider designs such as flowers, grass, and so on on the upper part of the shoe.
Lin Qing Wan cut the inner and outer linings, glued it to the upper, and took it to the kitchen to dry it over the stove along with the sole.
After finishing this set of shoes, Lin Qing Wan found that she didn’t feel unfamiliar at all. She was a bit flustered in the beginning, but after doing it, she seemed to have become extremely skilled.
She tried to rummage over the original host’s memories in her mind and found that the original Lin Qing Wan also has a ‘craftsmanship’. She was pretty good at doing embroidery.
Embroidery was a skill which all the young ladies from the noble families must learn. Many noble families would even invite a few embroidery masters to teach their daughters this skill.
Even though former Lin Qing Wan was a little transparent in the Lin family, Liu shi also never specifically hired masters to teach her any of the skills that a young miss from noble families should have. But learning to read and write, and embroidery were nevertheless essential, the former for copying Buddhist scriptures when punishing her, and the latter is necessary for women in this era.
Previously, Lin Qing Wan used to make some clothes and shoes for her elder brother Lin Qing Ting. Later, as she grew, her craftsmanship gradually progressed, and all the clothes Lin Qing Ting wore were handmade by Lin Qing Wan…
Thinking of these, Lin Qing Wan was extremely surprised…
This is also a craft, isn’t that so?
Some of the things she had learned in modern times were of no use here. However, she hadn’t expected the original owner would leave her with some useful things.
Picking up the vamp on the table, Lin Qing Wan eagerly began to thread her needle.
A small dragonfly appeared on the black vamp, looking vivid and lifelike with merely a few stitches, with its wings trembling slightly, as if it were alive.
Yang shi saw that Lin Qing Wan was embroidering something there. After embroidering for a while, she saw her holding and the vamp and carefully scrutinizing it, so she also glanced over.
With just a glance, she was surprised.
“Aiya, Wan’er, girl, you are pretty good at embroidering.” Yang shi glanced at the embroidery on the shoe upper and exclaimed while stroking the stitches on it.
“The stitches are smooth; your skills are amazing. For you to be able to stitch without tracing its shape, it’s amazing. Look at the little dragonfly; the embroidery is truly a living spirit, living image1.”
“I have learned for a few years previously.”Although Lin Qing Wan was quite happy in her heart, her words were very reserved.
“It’s truly pretty good, better than auntie’s handcraft.” Yang shi said as he took out a needlework basket from the kang cabinet.
The basket was filled with many things, such as a few bundles of embroidery threads of various colors, thimble, scissors, and so on. There was also a more than half finished purse.
Yang shi handed the purse to Lin Qing Wan to look at.
The purse was green-colored, and most of it was finished. Just the holes needed to be punched, and the string need to be put. It was a very simple drawstring purse. But to her surprise, it didn’t have any embroidery done on it. In Lin Qing Wan’s impression, all the purses need to have embroidery on them…
Lin Qing Wan looked at Yang shi in confusion.
Aunt Yang slowly explained to her, “This purse is from an embroidery workshop. Upon making a simple purse like this, one would get a four wen. Needles, thread, and cloth material are all provided by the embroidery workshop. We merely have to do some handwork.”
This can also make money? Lin Qing Wan was very surprised.
“In the past, when auntie’s husband died early, that child was still very young, and we had only a few acres of barren fields. Life was very tough, so I relied on these small handicrafts to supplement the family expenses until my son grew up.”
As Yang shi recalled those hardships after her husband’s demise, her heart filled with sorrow.
Orphans and widowed-women had to rely on the heavy labor work to feed themselves. Life was pretty challenging.
“…Fortunately, the child grew well with good future prospects, which made worry in my heart less. However, I did not stop doing these handicrafts, thinking that it’s good to have extra income.” Yang shi wiped the corners of her eyes and smiled, “But auntie is getting old, and my eyes are becoming weak, so I only take the works back that doesn’t require embroidery.”
Upon listening to her words, Lin Qing Wan’s heart moved, “Can I do this work?”
“Of course you can, auntie was also thinking similarly. Your workmanship is very good. It would be such a waste not to use your skills when you’re so good at it. First, you can try taking a few simple jobs back to practice your skills, then you can think of making some big embroidery pieces.”
Yang shi’s idea was to find Lin Qing Wan, a job that could earn her some silver money so that she could have an extra income when she gets married.
Rural people depend on the heavens for their livelihood. Silver money was what they lacked, so if they could save, they would do so.
“Auntie happens to be going to town tomorrow to hand over the finished work, why don’t I take you over there?”
“Okay.” Naturally, Lin Qing Wan wouldn’t refuse. With this work, she could earn a living on her own.
No matter what, let’s try it first. If she could do it, she could stand on her own feet in the future.
I have a small announcement to make. Due to my rl issues, I am dropping this novel. This would be the last chapter from me. But one of my acquaintances has agreed to pick up this novel. Thus, you guys could still continue reading the journey of Teizhu and Qingwan.
Thank you for all of your support and for reading my translations!
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- living spirit, living image (pinyin: huó líng huó xiàn) true to life.