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
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.