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

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Star of Texas Rug Camp





I had the wonderful experience of leading a class of rug hookers for a week at star camp here in Fredericksburg. They all came home for lunch with me one day. The rest of the time we were all busy working on a room full of exciting rugs, with color reverberating back and forth as we sought ever more beautiful combinations. My classes are never really about technique, but about effective color.
Even so we managed to start one brand new person off in the craft and to meet each person at the point they were on the rug crafting journey. Many of the women in the group are far more experienced than I am in making gorgeous rugs, so they just blew us all away!
There were over 110 people at the camp, with 7 teachers plus administrative folks. I enjoyed time to get to know the rest of the instructors better, and appreciate everyone's warm help. A beautiful event I was grateful to be part of. e

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Antique study group meeting






There was such a pretty party for our meeting today, and the subject is dear to my heart, everyone brought children's clothing of the past for show and tell. I took my big doll Susan in her little boy's red dress. She is a darling Tom boy in red with her blond curls. Everyone brought something charming, most a batch. The only garment there really old enough for my 19th century dolls to wear was a dear brown calico wrapper or dressing gown, lined in another pleasing brown calico print. Sweet old buttons. And at the end, the wonderful surprise is that the owner of the dress, our friend of over 25 years, GAVE me the dress for my doll family! Antiques, good company, beautiful foods, a table covered in a 10 ft antique woolen paisley, Altogether a lovely day! (I also took my little welcome rug in doll size, finished now. Worked on a size 6 cut.) pictures soon. Thank you for all the nice comments on the small rugs. e

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