Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sewing from my pockets and rollups book

This is an old post revisited by request.   I am looking back through a lot of photos to share here, and found these. My friend Penny had a great log house in the country and a while back a group of us met there to make sewing rollups and pockets together, sharing ideas and bits of special fabrics we had gathered for this party. (Actually two parties, a week apart!) To start with, just being a guest at Penny's lovely place with her as the best hostess I can imagine, and serving the greatest foods was a treat among her lovely antiques. And next, we all wore appropriate dress for this, including great bonnets. See Virginia! A number of projects were cut and started on the first session and then at the second session many were brought finished and more done by the end of the gathering. If you would like a copy of this book of patterns and pictures, it is still for sale.

The original soft cover book with full size patterns is available  for $16.50, including priority mailing. Send a check to Edyth O'Neill 609 Courtney St Fredericksburg TX 78624    Or pay $16.50 by paypal to joneill816@austin.rr.com  and be sure to state what you are purchasing.

Sorry, Continental USA only Thank you.

Enjoy these and make your own lovely fabric combinations!


  1. Hi Edyth, I enjoy your pictures so much. What a wonderful day at Pennys. The pockets and roll ups are great. My friend made me one from you book last year when I had surgery. I was thrilled. I used it to carry my meds with me from room to room while recovering at home. Thank you for letting us share this fun with you. Your friend, Debbie

  2. If only your book was out before I worked and worked on pocket and rollup patterns for myself! I may have spent more time making them instead of drawing and re-drawing patterns, lol! These are all lovely Edyth!

  3. Thank you for sharing, your photos remind me of the type of articles & photos from Country Living magazine in the late 80's... Only better of course! You inspire me to go sew!

  4. I just discovered how to order the Pockets and Roll ups book, and I paid with Paypal. I am really looking forward to this, thank you. Diane

  5. Fond memories of the lovely field trip we made to Penny's log cabin once many years ago when I attended an "Edyth" retreat at Stonehill Spinning. It was a great memory to have of my wonderful time in Fredericksburg.


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