Those initials would be NGS (Nancy Gertrude Scott) and BEM (Barbara E. Merry). I have posted their work here before but I've acquired a few new followers and found a few new rugs since that time. Nancy is the daughter of Barbara who followed in her mother's footsteps into hooking rugs and painting. Nancy's work is mostly folk-art hooking and some painting whereas Barbara's was mostly landscapes. You can read a little more on Barbara HERE.
These are a few recent finds of Nancy's. Was surprised by the train rug and wonder what the story is behind this memory. Most of Nancy's work was around the farm she lived on and around.
I found this Santa listing very interesting. It indicated this early hooked piece was when she used an acorn to identify her work before being talked into using her initials. The acorn is bottom right of Santa and the only piece with an acorn I've found.
The rug below measures 17 x 24 and she signed her last name instead of initials. Perhaps this too was before she started using her initials.
A Welcome rug where Nancy signed her name at the top.
A boy with dogs also signed N Scott. I don't have chronological dates when these rugs were hooked. This one measures 31 x 37 and from the estate of Laura Fisher.
Kids with a cat on the girl's lap.
In other news ... while eating my soft oatmeal this morning, all of a sudden I felt a chunk of tooth/silver filling mixed with the oatmeal. As luck would have it I've an appointment on Wednesday for a cleaning where they can check it out. Am sure I will need a crown as the area is large and part of the shell of enamel gone. So $$$ plus try to find a spot in my schedule that isn't filled in with the vein procedures.
Guess I'll go hook while there's time at home and not at a doctor's office.