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, June 20, 2017

A nautical hooked rug to love

Some years ago I decided to hook a copy of an antique rug picturing a whaling scene.  Barb Carroll printed it for her pattern collection called "honoring the past" and sent me a pattern as a sweet gift.    She named her pattern "Moby Dick" even though the old rug had a gray whale and not a white one like Moby.  You can order the pattern from Katie now.


Many of us have hooked rugs for years and years, and often we work our rugs in the company of like minded others.  Large workshop groups and smaller less formal gatherings over time have given me a circle I think of as "my rug hooking friend"s.  So friendship is woven into the hooked rugs I live with.   We exchange wools, and ways to bind rugs and color suggestions, but only occasionally do we really work on one another's rugs.  My new rug is one that several friends have worked on.  I began it and felt I would not finish it due to the weight on my hands.  Trisha took it home and worked one of the sailing vessels and more. I added more and more, enjoying the striated background and whale the most, till the rug was barely over half done and there it has sat unfinished for years in a huge basket along with  beautiful wools planned for it.  Last year Debbie came along and offered to complete it for me!  Now she has returned it, having a seamless blend with my original hooking, and binding and finishing the rug superbly!    This six foot long beautiful textile is glorious on the long dining table Jack built for us years ago.  Thank you Debbie, my feelings are beyond words.  warmly, e







12 comments:

  1. What a great gift---I am looking forward to having Debbie in the class I am teaching next week in Tyler. Anita

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  2. Truly gorgeous !... what an amazing friend !

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  3. It is positively beautiful...What a thoughtful and generous favor.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous and such sweet memories of a true friend.

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  5. What an absolutely beautiful rug. The colors are amazing.

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  6. Beautiful. What a wonderful gift all around. ...jan

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  7. I love so much about this post, E. The honoring of the past, the building of community, the work itself on Jack's table. Beautiful in every way.

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  8. Edyth the rug is beautiful. Debbie did a great job on completing this special piece. I know you will always treasure it. I love that it now resides on a wonderful table made by Jack. ~Phyllis

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  9. Glorious rug and great friend! It's beautiful on Jack's table. The table top wood has so much character! Wasn't he talented and gifted with his hands? Lovely rug pattern. Makes me think of New England.

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  10. Very nicely done and with love. It is so good to see you from the Hooking world once again.

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  11. That is a most FABULOUS rug, ladies!!! So wonderful for you to have a sweet friend to complete the picture. Well, that's what friends are for. Just lovely.

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