Found in Rozsika Parker's 1986 book, The Subversive Stitch, this morning.
In fiction the silence and stillness of the sewer can mean many things from serious concentration to a silent cry for attention, but in terms of the stereotype it is a sexual ploy. If a woman sits silently sewing she is silently asking for the silence to be broken...The manner in which embroidery signifies both self-containment and submission is the key to understanding women's relation to the art.
Well,well. Embroidery is sexy. I knew that.