Silk Stocking Mats: Hooked Mats of the Grenfell Mission

Category: Lectures,People

by R. John Howe

Paula Laverty

On March 6, 2010,  Paula Laverty gave a program at The Textile Museum, in Washington, D.C. on “Silk Stocking Mats: Hooked Mats of the Grenfell Mission.”

Grenfell hooked rugs, as many of you will know, were  made in Newfoundland and Labrador in the early – mid 20th century, and are considered by hooked rug collectors to be extremely desirable, as in …bring your money… if you want one now.

Paula is the foremost authority on Grenfells, having studied them assiduously for over 20 years.  She has traveled to the areas where they were made, visited the sites (0ften depicted on the rugs themselves), and has talked to a great number of the women who “hooked” them.  Paula has captured her research in a book with the same title as the one given above for her TM session.

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