Valentines Day is only a few weeks away and it's not to soon to be thinking about the Sweethearts in your life. As a matter of fact, I am reminded of my 'One True Love' throughout the year with the empty heart shaped box of chocolates. It is the center piece of a collection of hearts. So, it is fitting that it takes center stage in the photos of a craft of my Colonial American ancestors...rag rugs.
My colonial 5x great grandmother Mary Polly choices of materials were limited to wool and flax. After hours of spinning, braiding and stitching, her rag rugs covered the floors of her colonial log cabin. What I would give for one of her rag rugs. It is well known that rag rugs often become family heirlooms and are passed from one generation to another. I like to think Mary Polly's early American descendants were also rag rug makers and included my ancestors who were part of the westward movement during the late 1800's. That is when my 2x great grandparents came to Texas. In the frontier days rag rugs were made of recycled worn clothing, wool blankets and homespun cotton.
Along with rag rugs...HEARTS have endured as a popular theme for generations for not just Valentines Day, but for expressing love of hearth and home with quotes like...
Home Sweet Home!
Home is where the heart is!
When there is LOVE in the HOME...there is JOY in the HEART!
The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home!
I wonder what my Colonial and Frontier Great Grandmothers
would think of today's Cyber Love Cotton Hearts!