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, August 26, 2013

Fredericksburg Rug hooking today

Each year for some time, Trish and Dorothy have held a hooking retreat at a local inn here. With all the wool vendors and happy people and great projects it makes for an extremely colorful 2 day event. I was invited to visit and see all the rugs, a heartwarming thing with so many people I have known for years in attendance.  Here are a few snaps.
 Veronica is working Barnyard Christmas from Barb Carroll. I wish I know more of the design names to credit.  There are some really large rugs in progress, these women are not making doilies!

Mary is working a great big one, she always displays such great color sense.

Dorothy and Trish.    e


  1. It looks like a wonderful class and love the large rug.
    I also love your painting, you did a beautiful job with the likeness.


  2. Sounds like a good time was had by all! Glad you got to go and enjoy, Edyth.

  3. Beautiful rugs in process. They are wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing!


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