Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Object of My Affection (edited)

You may have recently seen the photo below on Facebook.  In the photo is Ellen Jacobs, great granddaughter of Magdalena Briner Eby, and Ellen's son Gregg Jacobs.
Ellen was donating Magdalena's original hooked rug to the Historical Society of Perry County, PA.   The design is aptly named "Great Granddaughter's Rug" which has two ducks, one crow and two lollipop bouquets.  The original size of the rug is 32 1/2 x 43 1/2 but mine will be smaller.

That was a very generous gift by the family as the rug would have brought thousands of dollars if sold at auction.

That is the rug which is the object of my affection.  I've hooked several Magdalena designs but not this one.....yet.  It is already drawn on linen and am ready to start but have a bit more to hook on Cat Nap.  Thinking that will be finished by tomorrow. 

If you would like to learn more about Magdalena and her rugs, below is an insightful booklet on Magdalena's history.  The information was researched by Evelyn Lawrence and published by Kathy Wright of Rug Hooking Traditions.  The booklet would also be helpful to have available photos for when you hook one of Magdalena's designs 
Happy Hooking.


p.s.  I have been asked why the ducks were upside down.  Evelyn Lawrence, interviewed the family and saw the family rugs.  It was acknowledged in the booklet that Ellen (great granddaughter) thought it strange the ducks were upside down.

The only reason I can think of is that way there would be something to view walking toward the rug in either direction.  So the rug could be in an open room or door way.


  1. What an interesting design. Is there any story behind it? Meaning why the birds are against one side and flowers consuming the remainder? I like it in a whimsical funky sort of way 😊 And yes I'm quite certain that's a proper and professional description 😂

  2. I have never hooked one of those rugs but it should be next on my list.

  3. That is really a great rug. It is wonderful that it will now be preserved for future generations.

  4. I love that book!
    Oh, can't wait to follow on your hooking journey.

  5. Awesome mat!
    Love her mats,,,
    Cant wait to see ur start,,,
    Take care,,,

  6. Hi Saundra,
    What an AMAZING RUG and what a great thing for the family to do!!! I can't wait to see your version and know you are "chomping at the bit" to get started hooking!!!
    Thanks to, for the info on the upside down ducks!! That makes perfect sense to me! Hope you have a great week, Saundra!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

  7. Wow ...this rug is such a beauty & the family has donated it !!! What a treasure ! Would be amazing to see in person !
    Can't wait to see your version !!! It is so neat !!!

  8. A definite treasure.... I think I have that book...somewhere...but have never hooked a Magdalena design....Guess there are too many ahead on my dance card (which is also misplaced LOL). As with everyone else, I am looking forward to your rendition.... I am sure your journey will be fun. ~Robin~


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