My Dad grew up in New Glasgow and went to school with Cammie Garrett; I remember him taking me to Garrett’s when I was very small. My parents have a velvet
settee made by Cammie Garrett's grandfather.
I took my Mom back to Garrett’s this fall when they announced that Garrett’s by the Bridge was closing for good….what a trip down memory lane! It was still full of beautiful antiques, but the building was literally falling down around the furniture; there must have been a dozen buckets upstairs. I am sure they had to keep moving the valuable antiques to stay out of the drips. I bought a little glass doll sized sugar bowl as a memento.
I began hooking this rug August 22 of last year and finished April 10th in between making two mats for new granddaughters. This rug represent my first commission from a very dear friend who loves everything Bluenose and is in fact, quite a Bluenose historian.
The pattern was purchased at an auction and not being sure of its age, I retraced it on linen. The pattern was number 2024. I loved hooking it and as I pulled each loop, I often thought of the brave souls who go down to the sea to make their living.
I used a combination of new and recycled wools. The sail are tea dyed in three shades. Ocean is Deep Ocean spot dye. The sky is made up of three parts of a blue blanket over-dyed with #13 in Past & Present (minus the black). The spars and tiny border are shades of Antique gold. The Heart Red below the waterline I picked out of Christine's scrap basket; it really sets the ship off. Of course the hull and border are the traditional black. Even though some believe the name 'bluenose' infers the hull is blue, it is actually a term coined for the early settlers and seafarers of Nova Scotia.
I loved hooking the people and the gulls and find it amazing how just a wee bit of wool can be made to look like a person or a bird. I think the proportion of the ship to the rest of the mat gives it a majestic impression.
I am a proud Nova Scotian and was so pleased to hook this provincial marine heritage icon