This painting of two women engrossed in sewing is probably MacBryde's largest painting. The rich, bright colours of the painting are typical of MacBryde’s work, and he has used the woodgrain of the table to decorative effect. Shadows play an integral role in many of MacBryde’s paintings. Here, the women are framed by their shadows on the wall behind them, and are further balanced by two mysterious shadowy shapes which appear at the bottom of the painting. The painting has a contemporary source, being loosely based on a painting by the Italian artist Renato Guttuso, illustrated in a Penguin book of 'New Writing' in 1948.