Traditional PEI Hooked Rugs in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Life and Times

12 Jan
"A Piece of Cavendish" as hooked by Pastimes PEI

“A Piece of Cavendish” as hooked by Pastimes PEI

A few weeks ago the Lucy Maud Montgomery Literary Society contacted us to tell us they were writing about rug hooking (among other things) as referenced in LM Montgomery’s various writings and books. A rug hooker from Australia was writing the article in the December online publication, Shining Scrolls Online: 

http://home.earthlink.net/~bcavert/id9.html

If you read the introduction in 2012 part2 you will find the reference to rug hooking and go on to read the full article. The article is very interesting, indeed.  Through Montgomery’s writings we are able to get a better idea of what day-to-day life was really like for women of the past and who hooked the rugs that we cherish as heirlooms today. As part of the story, our Cavendish hooked rug was featured as an example of a traditional PEI scrap mat pattern.

Because I was born and raised on PEI, I already have a sense of what life on PEI used to be like. Fortunately for us all, Lucy Maud Montgomery eloquently wrote her books, including Anne of Green Gables, on the topic she knew best: her life on PEI.  I like to think that Heather, Bette and I are carrying on the tradition of storytelling by hooking our own stories into our rugs. We have a strong sense of past generations as we honor them with the subjects, materials and, the simplicity of the past.

Gosh, I realize that I would make a terrible writer…. I’ll stick with the hooking and let you read what the literary society has produced!

Mary Beth Cavert is co-editor, The Shining Scroll to which I directed you above
We have hooked quite a few Cavendish rugs in the past; they may look simple but there is really a lot of work to get them to look just right – they are charming reminders of how talented many of our rug-hooking ancestors really were.  We have talked to many people about rug hooking through out the years; we have seen many charming Cavendish rugs.  Here are a few of our Pastimes PEI rugs, hangings and samplers.

Hooking a new Cavendish rug at Pastimes PEI

Hooking a new Cavendish rug at Pastimes PEI

A Cavendish Sampler piece hooked at Pastimes PEI

A Cavendish Sampler piece hooked at Pastimes PEI

Our latest Cavendish on the wall at Pastimes PEI

Our latest Cavendish on the wall at Pastimes PEI

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