Many rug hookers, especially those who love primitive designs, know about Magdalena Briner Eby and are familiar with her iconic design motifs.
Magdalena lived her entire life in Perry County, Pennsylvania. She lived from November 4, 1832 until March 7, 1915. She lies at rest in the New Bloomfield, PA cemetery, which is about 5 miles up the road from where I live on Crow's Foot Farm. I like to visit Magdalena and leave her a few flowers tied with wooly worms.
Last year, my rug hooking group, Magdalena Rug Hookers, was contacted about an exciting project to celebrate and commemorate the bicentennial of Perry County, PA. It is the vision of dedicated community members to erect historical markers around the county to highlight local people, who made their mark in a variety of ways. We were excited that they want to honor Magdalena with a marker!
Our rug hooking group started the ball rolling, which was then taken up with great enthusiasm by Kathy Wright, who along with Evelyn Lawrence, wrote the book Rug Hooking Traditions with Magdalena Briner Eby [copyright 2011 Traditons by Wright & Co.]
Our goal is to raise money to erect a permanent historical marker for Magdalena. We are hoping that rug hookers far and wide will want to donate to the cause. This will be the first historical marker for a rug hooker.
Barb Carroll donated the pattern, Magdalens’s Farm, and the Magdalena Rug Hookers hooked it. The rug will be raffled off during Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village this August 2016, so if you’d like a chance to win the rug and support this exciting project, go online to Kathy Wright’s website and download yourself some raffle tickets to fill out and return. Or you may make a straight donation. Either way will help us raise the funds for this project. Thank you in advance for your support.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the honoring of the accomplishments of a primitive rug hooker!