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, May 7, 2013

Patience throws a party

My Walker dolls will be show offs this next Monday.  Patience and Hannah are preening and posing in a glorious early Queen Ann arm chair which wears it's full paint history, the fabulous old blue over red.  They are sitting with a spoon head doll I made close to 30 years ago.  The beautiful doll quilt is the work of Johnetta B. and a gift to me from friend Penny. 
The Brass Bells (Bell Ringers Antique Study Society), a sub group of The Bell Ringers, will be meeting here on Monday.   I have chosen children's things  for us to show and tell, which will not surprise anyone.   As part of a collection of antique dolls, the possibilities for sub collections are almost endless.  I could show a group of early doll aprons or tiny stockings, or bonnets or doll quilts, you can see how this could lead on to domestic chaos and financial ruin.  I will show doll size hooked rugs I have made for my dolls. The next one I hope to make is the Rooster rug in miniature.

Pictures show some dear little stockings hanging above the Buck's junior cook stove. To one side is a sampler made for my dolls by a treasured friend Melanie.  Melanie thanks again, I think of you  every time my eye goes by this.   E


  1. WOW. They all look so wonderful, Edyth!


  2. Edyth,
    I'm just sure that everyone attending Monday's meeting will be captivated by Patience, Hannah and their friends. Just hearing about your group makes me long for the Antiques Club I was a member of in Minnesota... It is such fun to share the lovely treasures we find with friends! Thank you for posting photos of your girls, they are all quite special.

  3. Your group of dolls all look related - a happy family. I'd like you to know that your log cabin quilt (which I've eyed also in a previous post) inspired me to make a small table mat of four squares with similar faded, but still patriotic, colors.
    Yes, they are "dear little socks" hanging above the wood cookstove to dry.
    And Melanie's little sampler is a nice touch, too. No wonder the dolls are so contented.


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