As you may know, we returned from the Searsport Hook-in, in Punta Gorda just two weeks ago. I've been wanting to write about this since we got back but life gets in the way and I have not been able to find the time to properly write about it.
So, prior to leaving here for the hook-in, I saw on Searsports facebook page that they were raffling off two rugs, one hooked by Polly Minick and one by a woman named Barbara Brown.
Here is what Searsport wrote about Barbara's rug: *I have since learned that Diane Stoffel is the one who helped in adapting the pattern to a Halloween design*
"Originally this rug was a tapestry type design from Fraser rugs. Barbra Brown started the rug a few years ago after having it redesigned into a Halloween design by, I THINK Gail Dufrance. (I will check on that fact and fix it.) to say Barb loved Halloween was an understatement!! When barb died the rug was about 1/3 done. Polly Minick worked with us on getting it into as many hands as we could to complete it. Chris here at Searsport hooked about 1/2 of what was left to do. And bound it off. The money raised will go to an animal rescue group in Arcadia, Canine Cast Aways, where Barb lived and Semper Fi wounded warrior fund. This is a large rug, 50x70! "
What an amazing raffle and tribute to Barbara! From talking to the ladies we learned that Barbara was loved and I'm sure that finishing the rug was a great form of therapy for her friends in dealing with their grief. As you can see above in Searsport's comments, the rug was adapted from a pattern as Barbara loved Halloween. It really is quite an amazing piece of folk art and a true labor of love.
The hook-in was a 3 day event and the drawings were held at the very end of the last day. Mom and I always buy tickets for the raffles, not so much hoping to win, but because we like to donate to the cause and the Canine Cast Aways and Semper Fi fund are both phenomenal organizations. Mom bought a couple tickets and I bought quite a few.
When it came time for the drawing, Chris, the mother part of the Searsport team came over to Mom to have her draw the winning ticket. Well, the thing is, Chris is quite tall and Mom is not, plus she has shoulder issues so I could see that when she reached her hand in the bag that was being held up that it was killing her shoulders. So, Mom pulled a ticket and Chris handed the ticket to Julie and Julie says...."and the winner is...Carol......De..co....teau". Yup, Mom drew her own name! A moment of awkwardness ensued as, first her name is hard to pronounce, but at the beginning of Julie saying it, Mom knew, because that's how everyone pronounces or tries to pronounce it. I believe my mother looked at me and said "shit".....yes, she has a bit of a potty mouth. Julie and Chris looked at us, we looked at them, there was slight applause, then laughter. Mom says her knees buckled when they called her name and you can see in the picture below that she just can't believe it!
Just check out the amazing detail in this rug. Every time we look at it we find something that we hadn't seen before. Halloween couples on each side, pumpkins, spooky cats, skeletons, witche's, fall leaves, poisonous apples, graveyards, a spooky night sky, so much to look at!!
To the Searsport ladies and all the ladies who finished this beauty, Mom would like you to know how honored she is to own this rug. The fact that it has such a beautiful back story makes it even more special. This is a treasure and she is very grateful. She has proudly shown several people the rug and told the story. She wants you to know that this rug has a good home and will be appreciated for the labor of love that it was.
Until next time.......