Monday, March 23, 2020

Happy 101st Birthday --- Ellen!

Happy 101 st birthday...... Ellen Jacobs
ellen is Magdalena Briner Eby's 

Dearest Ellen,

I remember that it was a beautiful autumn day when I met you. you were so very kind and generous to take me on a tour of Perry County, Pennsylvania, visiting so many of the places that were special to your great-grandmother - Magdalena Briner Eby

Your generosity continued when you loaned me Magdalena’s hooked rug, along with her quilts, for the 2011 exhibit at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village – in Ohio...
Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio - 2011 Exhibit.
Magdalena's original rug is on top & awarded the prestigious Sauder Ribbon.
Evelyn's Magdalena inspired rug is below it.
Kathy with Evelyn Lawrence.
Evelyn has hooked the entire collection of Magdalena designs & is co-author of the book Rug Hooking Traditions with Magdalena Briner Eby.
More photos from the 2011 exhibit.
Magdalena's original hooked rugs are on the left (on loan from other private collectors)
and Evelyn's Magdalena inspired hooked rugs are on the right.
Magdalena's dog rug (on loan from a private collector) is on top
& Evelyn's dog is on the bottom.
Magdalena's original quilts are hanging & on the platform, on loan from Ellen Jacobs.
All of the hooked rugs in this photo were by Evelyn, inspired by Magdalena's original designs.

 and then supported our campaign to create a Magdalena Trail rug on the national quilt trail – at Tuscarora state forest. the very 1st hooked rug on the quilt trail!
National Quilt Trail10th Anniversary Conference - Kathy with founder, Donna Sue Groves
1st Trail Rug Booth at the National Quilt Trail Conference.
I will always be grateful and appreciative of your contributions with documenting Magdalena’s life and hooked rugs. In addition to your contributions, there was considerable research, interviews & digging through archives, which resulted in our 2011 book ...
Rug Hooking Traditions with Magdalena Briner Eby,
the first booking in the Rug Hooking Traditions - Book Series.
   and the 2019 installation of our Magdalena historic marker on the Perry County (PA) Heritage Trail....
Magdalena's historic maker was installed in time for Perry County's 200th anniversary celebration in 2020.
The Perry County Bicentennial Committee - Historic Marker Installation Team. 
and Your recent donation of Magdalena’s hooked rug to Perry County --- a generous and significant contribution to your community & the rug hooking world...
Deb Smith, editor of Rug Hooking Magazine with Ellen & Gregg Jacobs
holding Magdalena's original hooked rug. In 2020, this rug will be exhibited at the Blue Ball Tavern Museum.
Documenting the lives & hooked rugs of American textile artists is my passion. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to visit wonderful places and meet memorable people. You are a very special person!

I was so tickled when your family recently shared, with me, the video tribute from your 100th birthday. What an outstanding documentation of your life, your family, and so many wonderful memories.

In that video, I was proud to be standing next to you and Gregg during the 2011 unveiling of the Magdalena Trail Rug at Tuscarora state forest.
The 2011 unveiling of the Magdalena Trail Rug on the National Quilt Trail
at Tuscarora State Forest, Blain, Perry County, Pennsylvania.
Left-Kathy, Gregg & Ellen Jacobs holding Magdalena's original hooked rug.
Right-Deb Smith (editor of Rug Hooking Magazine & sponsor of the Trail Rug)
with Evelyn Lawrence holding Evelyn's (Magdalena inspired) hooked rug.
Also in the photo are family members, Tuscarora State Forest staff,
and in the front row-community members who hand-painted the Trail Rug.
YouTube Video - Smokey Bear unveils the 1st Trail Rug 
 I feel very fortunate to have met you & be a recipient of your kindness, friendship & generosity! 
Sending you – best wishes on your 101 st birthday!
Kathy wright
Author, Editor, & Publisher 

(Be sure to click on all the links above for more info & photos.)

Sunday, December 29, 2019

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt's Hutchinson Rugs...

Have you seen the 2016 - HBO documentary: Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper? At about 19 minutes info the film, Gloria recites a poem she wrote & there are 2 shots of hooked rugs in her Southampton, New York home. One of those rugs was "The Childrens Party" attributed to James & Mercedes Hutchinson.

You can view the documentary on Amazon or:  Here is a snippet with the rugs...

See more Hutchinson rugs at this year's "Antique Hooked Rugs" Exhibit at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio, August 14-17, 2019. These Hutchinson rugs were not exhibited in the 2016 Hutchinson Exhibit. For more info on this exhibit:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Original Magdalena Hooked Rug Donated to Historical Society of Perry County!

Deb Smith (editor of Rug Hooking Magazine) with Ellen Jacobs (Great-Granddaughter of Magdalena Briner Eby & Ellen's son Gregg Jacobs)

In April, 2019.... The Historical Society of Perry County (PA) received a generous donation from the descendants of Magdalena Briner Eby. The donation was an original rug hooked by Magdalena. The rug is known as the "Great-Granddaughter's Rug", a title given to the rug in the book: Rug Hooking Traditions with Magdalena Briner Eby, in reference to it's owner at that time, see page 41.

This same rug was the highlight of the Feature Exhibit at Rug Hooking Week 2011 at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio. It was also the inspiration for the 1st Trail Rug on the National Quilt Trail, located at the Tuscarora State Forest, Perry County, PA. More about the Trail Rug in future posts.

In the photo, left to right, Debra Smith, Editor of Rug Hooking Magazine (also a Perry County, PA resident & member of the Magdalena Rug Hookers), Ellen Jacobs (Magdalena's Great-Granddaughter), and Gregg Jacobs (Magdalena's Great-Great-Grandson). The rug was donated by the Jacobs family.

What a wonderful & generous gift!

The rug will be on display soon in Perry County & also during the Perry County Bicentennial in 2020. The locations will be announced in future posts.

For more information on this donation:

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Facebook - 2019 dates

Today our Facebook Page was updated with 2019 events & workshops...with more to come. We hope to see you while we're on the road this year.

If your group (large or small) would like a presentation, exhibit, or workshop focused on: Magdalena Briner Eby, Patty Yoder, Esther Knipe, or James & Mercedes sure to Contact Us & we will be happy to add you to our schedule.

Wishing You & Yours a... 
From the Rug Hooking Traditions --- Authors! 
Kathy Wright               Evelyn Lawrence               Judy Knipe               Janet Conner