Don't get me wrong...I love the oval rugs, but I really love "making" the square ones. The wool is so full of color. I actually gravitate towards the wool skirts and jackets now every visit I make to the Goodwill or thrift stores! I am on a mission for some orange. I think I would like to begin another in the fall colors.
I thought y'all would like a little history surrounding these rugs. They are actually a handed down tradition in my family, starting with my great great grandfather.
My Great Great Grandfather Percy Johnson
holding my aunt, next to him his mother,
Nellie Parent Johnson (b. 1869),
next to her my grand father
My great great grandfather had turboculosis and was in a turboculosis sanitorium. There they gave the patients crafts to occupy their time while they recuperated. This is where he learned making rugs. He handed the craft down to his wife, Jessie Green Johnson, who would be by Great Grandmother.
My father on left, next to him Jessie Green Johnson,
my grand father Raymond Johnson
In the chair is my Great Great Great Grandfather Frank Green
who is holding me!
My mom tells me that Grandma Jessie had a rug partially finished when she died, which my grandma had saved. It was in a box along with her hook and instructions, she gave it to my mom and told her, "this needs to be finished". And the rest is history! My mom, the master shirret rug maker, taught me!
I only hope I can hand it down to one of my nieces or nephews along with this story!
Family Traditions are so important!