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« on: July 25, 2014 06:38:28 PM »

I bought this lovely little booklet yesterday at a used bookstore (for $2!). It's a catalogue of hooked rug patterns from the Diamond Dye Company in Montreal, dated 1899. The book is in astoundingly good condition for 115 years old - it could be brand new, except that the paper is a bit yellowed.

"The colored plates shown on outside and inside covers and throughout this book are the richest and most novel designs for Rugs and Mats ever placed before the ladies of Canada. The designs for working up are on a special quality of Hessian  manufactured for us in Scotland. These Hessian designs are artistically colored, corresponding with the plates in this book, and are ready for hooking." (Hessian is what we would call burlap today.)

I thought I'd share these great Victorian images. They seem quintessentially Canadian, and not only because of the snowshoes and toboggan designs!

















If anyone wants to use one of these designs for a craft project, contact me and I'll send you a higher-quality scan.

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2014 06:41:57 PM »

wow!  that's an awesome find!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2014 06:52:15 PM »

Fantastic!  I love old books and this one is quite wonderful!   Smiley
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Great score! I especially love the night moth {nope...that is not a butterfly},
and the maple leaves. I have never tried to hook rug. but they are beautiful vintage patterns all the same.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2014 10:38:56 PM »

Awesome scoop Wulf!  I too love the moth and the crane one was cool too...but I'll pick an animal over a design any day.  Thanks for sharing Grin

OOH!  And I bet the dog is a Duck Toller...a Canadian breed Grin

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2014 05:41:50 PM »

Oh, well done, stillatthetop and suereal! I'm sure you're right in both cases.

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2014 09:02:27 PM »

Oh, I love it! What a treasure.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2014 01:47:01 PM »

Indeed this is a treasure! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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