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

Friday, February 13, 2009

My letter to Barb Carroll this am

Dear Barb, thanks for all you have sent, drawings, encouraging emails and LOVE. I am excited about the new patterns, and many people have seen the two drawings on my table and are asking when the patterns will be available. I hope to have 5 new ones all together this spring.

Tuesday and also Wednesday of this week Trish Travis brought a dozen or so rug hookers from San Antonio to visit in our home and hook here and see my rugs and All seemed to have a good time. Surely I did, even though I went to bed each day as they left! This has prompted Trish to offer to schedule a few workshops here the way Rita Rundquist did for me. I do not have to do any of the business part, just enjoy the rugs with the guests and share all I can with them to help with their projects. All will hook only my designs, as that makes it easier for me, not because I think mine are all the good ones in this world!! We plan a 3 day workshop, with the participants probably driving from SA daily, though some may book lodging here in Fburg if they like. We would hook in our house, and break for people to leave and eat lunch. I can nap at the noon break.

So with this small window of opportunity this past week, I took off with Debbie F's idea of inviting people to hook on some of the rugs I want to have and cannot hook a lot on myself due to problems with my thumbs. Starting with your Moby Dick, I set the pattern on the dining table and had out cut wool, as well as a few of the motifs started, and a number of people hooked a few lines. Remember they were all here just 2 1/2 hours each day, and did a lot besides hook on my rug! The doll collection was a major attraction for one thing.

In the several evenings I worked a very little, plus those two days, several motifs are under way. Trish then asked to take the Moby rug home with her to hook further. It is a beautiful runner and sized so well for the center of our dining table. I Like nautical things and have several in that room. I am lucky and grateful to have friends who will do this for me! Thanks to Debbie for thinking of this!

One I am excited about is the big new Hadley! As soon as I get a pattern from you on linen, I will start to accumulate and cut the wool and get it in bags. The rug will go in our living room I hope. It is much the same design as the welcome, just more of it. I love the huge tulips.
I still have the 1790 eagle rug only started, started 4 years ago to try to replace the one lost in the fire. It is in my room in a basket, and I must get it out! Stay in touch when you can, thanks again for encouraging me, as you always inspire everyone around you! Love. Edyth


  1. Oh, Grandmother!! What a lovely time you must of had!! I'm so glad you enjoyed your week! Happy Valentines Day!! XOXO

  2. Edyth - you are such a ball of fire. :-) I love reading of all you are accomplishing. How great that you can find some "hookers" to come and help with your new designs. The Hadley design in your book is one of my favorites.

    I hope you feel better soon!


  3. What a full house Edyth! That would have wore me right out! So do tell~ are you drawing up a larger Hadley? I really like that design of yours, but wanted a bit more of it as well!(I have double doors Id like to put something in front of) I love the big fat tulips, made me a little runner for my book case with neutral backgrounds and 3 quaint little sky blue tulips in the center a few years back now.
    xoxxoxoxo rachael


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