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, January 28, 2009

Rug hooking is great for a cold day like this one!




With the young ones inside more, this is a lovely opportunity to pass down the handcrafts we love. These pictures show Elizabeth and Hailey in years past. So far Elizabeth has done a significant weaving, 2 hooking projects, (partial) some knitting and a bunch of small crocheted pieces like hair bands, a simple purse etc. She also paints often. Hailey is very competitive with sports right now but in the future she will know that she can hook or knit when she has that inclination.

One project in our family at present is making a rug for the little brother Elizabeth is expecting soon. The little boy will be my second great grandchild. Our hooked rug for his cowboy themed nursery is a Texas flag, and 4 generations of us are hooking on it, (just a tiny bit in my case) and it will have initials from each of us.

Next September I will teach a class at the Star of Texas Rug camp here in Fredericksburg. I am having fun designing some new rug patterns. Barb Carroll of Woolley Fox prints and distributes all of my rug designs. I hope to show some here on my blog soon. I have sold almost all of my book, "Red Cape Rugs" now, and am selling on the last two boxes of them. Thanks everyone who bought one!! If you need a copy, email for directions.
I am having a wonderful time in a painting class this week for just 4 afternoons, painting with Chuck Mauldin, a local artist whose work I admire. Art is a never ending learning experience, open ended joy. A quote I can't give proper attribution to, goes something like this: "Art is too much fun to be confined to those who are good at it!".

4 comments:

  1. Its always a whilwind around you Edyth! Painting is much easier on teh hands than hooking, thats for sure! I been itching to hook something lately, I normally wait for the winter, when its all snowy and quiet outside, but gosh this year we have had hardly any snow....always SO much to do!!!
    xoxox rachael

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  2. Oh, Edyth - what a treasure your great-granchild will be getting!

    Dixie

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  3. Grandmother - we all have enjoyed the art of rug hooking that you have taught each one of us at an early age!! Thanks for sharing your love and knowledge!!

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  4. It is wonderful that you can hook with the girls. I never could get my kids to do projects with me and I am still waiting on grandkids;)

    Debbie

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