Stag and Doe measures 32 x 52 and was said to be hooked late 19th century or early 20th century from Virginia. That blotchy background I love so much.
Skinner called the rug below rug "primitive dogs" but what I see is a hooked version of a cave drawing or Native American design. Measures 19 x 64 late 19th century.
1890 rug has a nice hit and miss center border. All the worms blend well together,
Blue Cat and Blue Flowers still stand out despite the complex blotchy puzzle like background.
Click on the photo below, it is something I've never seen before. It is made up of coiled wool which was obviously stitched to the foundation. Size is 24 x 45 from 19th century.
Cecile Perrault (Montreal QC) hooked this Boy, Mailbox and Chickens rug; this is the front of the rug and is quite faded.
And below is the back which shows the original colors. Notice there is no rug binding, whipping, etc. That is because early rug hookers used to fold over the foundation and hook thru all thicknesses to ensure the edges wouldn't unravel.
And finally, a shirred rug. On an interesting note, I've been accustomed to seeing the blotchy colors hooked in a rug, thinking it was fading; but these wools were obviously chosen and were rather close in color and all she had to use. Love it.
Yesterday I listed a bunch of vintage feed sacks and some quilt patterns on ebay. Slowly but surely am trying to get rid of items I know won't be used by me. Last week I sold several doll parts and was surprised the amount of change those produced.
A couple readers have requested my eBay seller name or a link. So if you click this LINK you can see all the items listed yesterday and save me as a seller.
And, pay a visit to a new blogger, Kimm of Sheep Under Feet. Stop by to pay to say hi and 'follow'. Welcome Kimm.