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, November 20, 2009

Needlecraft for Today cover 1978


The old dolls have been my passion since the early 1950's. My mama collected a few when she could, always, and I bought my first one on my own at age 23, about 1954. I was interested in the hooked rugs and clipped a few of them from American home magazine in the 50's and 60' but did not encounter anyone who knew how to make them until 1978. The rooster rug was my first one, it hangs in daughter Beth's house. Being on burlap rather than linen and having been used on the floor many years, attacked by moths and mended by me on one small corner, the rug could easily be sold today as 1930's antique. The cloth doll Minerve was with us a number of years, then traded to a dealer in Pennsylvania for a mache. She has a wonderful profile and a fierce expression, rather daunting to small children, whom I have seen back away from her after a close look. Sorting through old magazines which threaten to engulf us, it was fun to come across this one. E

2 comments:

  1. HI LADY,
    I FOUND YOUR BLOG AS A COINCIDENCE, I READ ALL YOUR POSTS, YOU LOOKS TO BE A WONDERFUL PERSON, EXTREMELLY TALENTED AND INTELIGENT, I ADMIRE YOUR ART AND ITS VERY PRETTY AND NICE HOW YOU HAVE YOUR HOUSE WITH ALL THOSE ANTIQUES AND DOLLS. I AM ALSO AN ANTIQUE COLLECTOR AND I LIVE IN PUERTO RICO. ACTUALLY I WILL BE 51 YEARS OLD AND I HOPE THAT WHEN I WILL BE OLDER COULD HAVE THE SAME SPIRIT THAT YOU HAVE. CONSIDER ME AN ADMIRER OF YOUR WORK.

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  2. Hello Edyth!- I see what you mean about Minerve's resemblance to my Hannah Jones. I am so glad you posted this, and love the rooster
    rug as well. The magazine cover photo illustration would be as charming and timely now as it was over 30 years ago..
    Patra

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