Textile Sale Treasures!

This past weekend, the Monroe Historical Society had their annual Textile Sale, and of course, I was there before 10am, ready to shop! Now I usually don’t find much related to rug hooking as far as hooks, cutters, books, etc, but I do find some wonderful wool yardage. The wool is usually $2.00 a yard, so a definite bargain. I started looking around, and right by the book table, I spotted my friend Dawn from Coon Hollow Farm, and we started chatting. While chatting, I was scanning the books, and lo and behold, there were several rug hooking books! Well, if it had “rug hooking” in the title, I grabbed it. Didn’t look through it, just grabbed it.

 Such interesting books!

Such interesting books!

 Two Pearl McGown Books….with treasure inside!

Two Pearl McGown Books….with treasure inside!

 This one has Pearl McGown’s signature and pictures of the previous owner’s rugs and where they are.

This one has Pearl McGown’s signature and pictures of the previous owner’s rugs and where they are.

 More examples of the previous owner’s work

More examples of the previous owner’s work

 This woman was a prolific hooker!

This woman was a prolific hooker!

After that, I wandered over to a lidded plastic box, opened it, and there were a ton of different types of rug hooking/punching tools. There was even a Pearl Mcgown hook!! Yep, grabbed that and others…lol.

 Pearl McGown Hook

Pearl McGown Hook

 I am planning on using some of these tools and making videos! Stay Tuned!

I am planning on using some of these tools and making videos! Stay Tuned!

 Gorgeous wool and a sturdy yarn winder.

Gorgeous wool and a sturdy yarn winder.

Of course, arms full, I headed into the textile barn and found two bundles of beautiful wool that will be going into the dye pots some time this week.

Just the history in the two Pearl McGown books are amazing. A rug hooker recording her projects, and how they are used in her house, is wonderful to read. I might just do a little research to see if I can find this rug artist. I feel like I have a part of her history in my studio.