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

Monday, March 9, 2009

Weaver's Lion

The concept of a LOGO, a symbol to represent a business or an artisan, is a very old one, rooted in a past when many people could not read. A customer might find lodging at the “sign of the Silent woman” or at the “sign of the Black horse”. A pewterer would often sign his work with a touch mark that included an eagle or another symbol.
In this tradition, some weavers of Early American coverlets had charming designs in the signature corners of the great Jacquard coverlets, so treasured by collectors now. Several early New York state weavers used wonderful folky little lions as symbols to identify their work. I have seen at least four different ones. I have wanted to hook one of these for years and years. Recently I included one adapted for hooking with a group of new patterns to be printed by Barb Carroll.
And now I am hooking him, in small increments that I can manage. This saucy little cat has already found a favorite perch on a small sofa upholstered in a coverlet design. Sized for a small pillow, he would be a quick project for most rug hookers. I can see him in a mixture of brick reds and tans or this blue and brown palette. With either color choice, I would like to have a great deal of variation in the background to add interest, as he will be viewed from close up.
Barb has printed this pattern, called “Weaver’s Lion”, and another pattern showing a lion and lamb titled “Kingdom Come”, plus “Cape Ann”, a large rug in my Hadley series, mentioned in another post. As soon as anyone has worked one of these I would love to put it here on my blog. Best, Edyth


  1. Edyth, I just love all the same things you do! I have taken up rug hooking recently and love it! I just love your designs and all of early Americana. I wish you would do a post on how to create an atmosphere of early America in a kitchen. I have a dark, reddish paneled kitchen that adjoins our family room and want to paint the cabinets! I think red, and then maybe a rich cream on the upper cupboards and a muted greenish blue on the bottom ones. I just can't make up my mind. Sometimes I think an antiqued mustard yellow might be nice. Do you have any good suggestions? V.

  2. Hi cowgirl, I have had two kitchens in Rusty brick red, I love the way stoneware and black iron and other antiques look with it. The mustard might be my choice to go with, I had mustard interiors to some of my cabinets then. Your second color way sounds great also! I love the old blue greens. Best, E


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