As promised, here are some paintings by Barbara. All of these paintings are owned by Anne, who kindly shared her treasure-trove with me. This first one is painted on ticking; yup, the fabric. You can see the slight wrinkles at the top of the frame
These two paintings below are of Sanford Place, Maine where Barbara lived until she was 20.
Another of Anne's precious treasures is this painting of the 'washer woman' by Barbara. Anne said she believed there were hooked rugs of a washer woman and so I went in search.
Thanks to a couple friends I was able to locate a few more rugs hooked by Barbara and lots of personal history. And got real lucky in finding a hooked rug of a washer woman. The dimensions are 22 x 25. Thanks to Robin for the screen shot.
More discoveries that day were other hooked rugs; it seemed as tho I'd hit the motherlode.
Barbara was married 3 times; her first marriage was at the age of 20 to Edward Franklin Littlefield, a farmer who was 19 years her senior. She had 4 children during that 9 1/2 year union. When Barbara ended the marriage she took the children and 2 shopping bags of clothing and supported her children with odd jobs and on farms.
At the age of 40 Barbara married John Merry, an antique dealer and retail fisherman. Barbara would go out on the fishing boat and perhaps time on the water inspired these rugs. These are only a few of the many she claims to have hooked. They had one son and were married 23 years until John's death.
I've never seen any ship hooked rugs until these. Perhaps they were never on an auction site as they may have been commissioned.
Hope you have enjoyed getting to know Barbara E. Merry a little more and who knows, maybe one day a few more rugs or paintings may become available to me.