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, October 1, 2010

patching it together

Hi Martha and Elaine, How are the two of you? Happy and Sewing away I hope! We were in New England for the last two weeks, so good to see so much we love there and visit friends as well.
I found several pieces of interesting patchwork on our trip and bought three. I hope they will make the start of some nice doll quilts. The log cabin fragment has paisley strips in it. A frame and a backing will make it a small quilt!
I also bought a little tightly braided rug that may interest Martha later, it is still in the mail home to us.
I visited several rug hookers on the trip too, including a nice yarn and rug hooking shop in Paris Maine. And the trip to The Rufus Porter museum with his painted walls and little portraits and also much school girl art like samplers and theorems was a thrill. So handwork was a big part of what we saw. I snapped a nice shot of a woman in colonial garb, I would like to have such an outfit. Friend Penny has several! At this point I just hope to get my dolls dressed someday, let alone me! Warmly, Edyth


  1. Oooo! Love that log cabin scrap!

  2. That is a picture of kris Casucci of Walker Homestead in costume. You must have gone to the show in October. I was there with A Primitive Place magazine. It was a great event!

  3. ... it appears I'm the lady in colonial garb! A friend just sent me the link... must have been taken at our Simple Treasures from the Past - Antiques & Primitive Goods Show in September at Walker Homestead http://www.walkerhomestead.com... hope you enjoyed the show!


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