Hester Prynne, who bears the mark of an adultress, is not allowed to embroider a bridal veil which will cover the "pure blushes of a bride" because her sin, "which society frowned upon," is connected to the basic relationship of man and woman.
If Hester were to embroider the white wedding veil, there would be attached to this veil a meretricious quality because of the sin-marked needle, a quality not fitting for a virginal bride. Interestingly, however, it is not only the artistic but also this uniquely different quality with its overlay of sin that adds to the appeal of Hester's handiwork in other situations.
This description of the strange relationship of Hester's skills with the Puritan community also reflects the relationship of Hester with her Puritan community:
She stood apart from moral interest, yet close beside them, like a ghost that revisits the familiar fireside, and can no longer make itself seen or felt.
This alienation amid community brings upon Hester much anguish. And, yet, at times Hester sometimes notices some look upon her "ignominious brand" as if half of her agony were shared." Perhaps, then, there are other reasons why Hester's skills are employed.