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Victorian Ornaments for Christmas ~

Collinsville Garden Club recently got together to make Victorian ornaments from Victorian scrap. These ornaments will decorate the Victorian tree at the Collins House this Christmas season. The tree will be one of many trees at the house, each depicting a particular era. Of particular interest is the wired garland that is used for hanging the ornaments. The silver garland, now tarnished from age, dates back to the late 1800s - early 1900s. Time to take a break! Even the elves in Santa's workshop take a moment to enjoy a little snack for energy. St. Nicholas giving a doll to a sleeping girl and a Victorian Christmas tree with children delighting in gifts. The ladies are proud of their craftsm

'Twas A Day in October (Part 2) ~

Some orange and green, And purple, too; A big smile from Phyllis Smith of St. Jacob, Is wonderful proof; Now what have we here? An industrious soul; Cutting strips of fabric diligently by hand, And collecting them in a basket right by her stand; Do you recognize her, yet . . . Of course you do, It's Sheri Glasscock, the owner of Calico Moon; Came all the way from Lebanon, Illinois, indeed she did, Her shop specializes in civil war fabrics, antiques, and gifts; And here we see her with a mighty big rig, A whopper of a rug needs a frame to weave; Those little strips of fabric she cut, oh so patiently. This one became the cover for an antique stool at Calico Moon! Photos courtesy of Lois Metzge

Isn't She Simply . . .

stunning? ~ Linda Bohnenstiehl ~ was absolutely stunning in her outfit from Christopher & Banks as one of our favorite models in the Woman's Club Fall Fashions Food and Fun Show held on October 20th at the Westminster Hall in the First United Presbytarian Church.

'Twas A Day in October (Part 1) ~

'Twas a day in October, at the D.D. Collins house The ladies got together, but not a single mouse; They brought pieces of fabric, and designs so dear, To each one's family, to bring great cheer. Ann chats with Angela (left) and Rhonda (right) during the rug hooking event. Ann wore an apron, of which her family jeers But loves it does she, it is quite clear; Its pockets are filled with lots of good stuff, Like tools for pulling loops of fabrics and fluff. Rhonda concentrates diligently, as you can see, On filling in the details of her plucky turkey; The date is included in her spiffy design, Yep, that's right, it's 1879! Angela is going to town, with hook in hand; Primitive rug hooking skill

We'll Be There . . .

Linda Bohnenstiehl, one of the faithful and treasured volunteers at the Collins House, will represent the Friends of the D.D. Collins House this coming Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Woman's Club Fall Fashions Food and Fun Show, held at Westminister Hall in the First United Presbyterian Church at the corner of Church and 159. Tickets are $15.00 and lunch will be served. The doors open at 10:30; the excitement begins at 11:00. Linda will model fashions from Christopher & Banks. For further information or to make a reservation contact Linda Wiedower at or call her at 618-406-4350.

Primitive Rug Hooking Has a Remarkable History: Part 1 ~

Rug hooking has become a very vogue craft for all ages; but do you know how it all began? ~ Although examples of pulling a loop of yarn through a woven textile dates back to 4th century Egypt where tufts of wool were pulled through a linen base, the origination of rug hooking is attributed to Yorkshire, England in the early 19th century. As the story goes, workers in the English weaving mills were allowed to collect the off cast pieces of yarn less than nine inches long as they were useless to the mill. These pieces of yarn are called thrums and though an ancient word, was referenced by William Shakespeare in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," in 1602. It has also been recently documented in "Ra

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