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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Star Rug Camp this week in Fredericksburg TX

Teachers Maggie Bonanomi, Kathy Clark, Lucille Festa, Sharon Smith, and Diane Stoffel joined directors Trish Travis and Gayle Soileau to present another great rug hooking experience here this week.  The creative excitement is almost palpable in the room full of rug makers and their colorful projects.   I have appreciated the invitation to visit and enjoy it. 


I took photos of some of the rugs. There were dozens of good ones on display. 
Hooked by Diane Lampe  and Designed by Carolyn Tobin

Hooked and Designed by Becky Marshall

An old Frost Pattern Hooked by Dorothy Panaceck.

Hooked by Melanie Stevens, Designed by Keith Kemmer

Cheryl Bollenbach pattern and hooked by Carrie Martin
The sales room was full and enticing. I bought the tree shown here. 

This does not show the fun some of us had shopping for clothing and jewelry one afternoon and eating together in some of Fredericksburg's informal eateries.  It has been a treat for me to be around some old friends in this field and to get to know some new ones.  Thanks!  E


  1. Edyth - I will never forgot the retreat I came to in Fredericksburg - I believe it was the last one you gave just after losing the Red Cape. It was a privilege to have met you and some of your friends who we visited. I am putting in my last loops on my Blue Basket Antique. Hope I make it back to Fredericksburg one day. Thanks for the wonderful memories - Melody

  2. I see some famous faces in the rug hooking community peering out from your photos. What a great group!

  3. I so enjoy looking at photos of your photos. A glimpse at the canopied/curtained bed in the background of one of the photos has me dreaming of having one of my own. Mouse

  4. For the friend wishing for a canopied bed... if it seems likely you will get one with high posts to make hangings for, hang in there. If not consider having a sturdy light weight wooden frame made to hang from the ceiling over an existing bed in your home and make the set of bed hangings and put them right up there! This was done even early on, the drapery made the bed warmer and kept out drafts in long northern winters. e

  5. Edyth you will forever remain my favorite artist. Your rug patterns are the absolute best in my opinion. I am working on one of yours now. The Oliver Comwell ship.


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