This mat was created by Sarah Hill c. 1955. As a young girl growing up at Caledonia Mills, Antigonish County she learned the tradition of rug hooking from older family members. For this mat, she drew a floral pattern on a piece of burlap; prepared rags from the gabardine in her husband’s police uniform; dyed pieces of the fabric and hooked all to create what you see before you.
Sarah was a native of Caledonia Mills, born August 3, 1910. She was one of nine children born to John A and Mary Elizabeth MacDonald. Moved to the US as a young person, she married Henry Hill O’Neal of Florida. On many occasions she returned to her roots in Nova Scotia and instilled a love of the area on her son Rev James Elliot O’Neal, who donated this piece to the AntigonishHeritageMuseum. Sarah Ann O’Neal died November 11, 2000.
Oblong mat; floral motif centered and surrounded by a scalloped line design. 6 cm black colour border trims the mat
Floor covering used for warmth and decorative purposes in a home.