Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kind~Hearted Woman Hooked Mat

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a road trip and while shopping in a second hand store I ran across a basket with a wood lid.  I purchased it and thought it might look good with a hooked mat on top.  I drew up this little doodle  and within a few hours it was done. 
Now I'm not sure if you have ever heard about the cat symbol being drawn by hobo's for a kind~hearted woman nearby.  The hobo would leave the marking of a cat on a nearby tree if there was a kind woman nearby who would feed you.  My great~grandma lived near the railroad and would often feed the hobo's who showed up at her back door.  She would have them set outside at the picnic table and give them a meal.  My mom wasn't allowed outside when they were there but would watch from the nearby window.
I like the simple drawing of the smiling cat and will be glad to get this one bound and onto the basket.  I plan to keep some of my needle punch supplies inside :)  It will remind me of all the kind~hearted women in my life!
One of the most kind~hearted people I know is my mom....she is celebrating her 69th birthday today.  She is always busy doing something and loves to cook and tend to her farm animals.  Just Love my Momma!!!! 

I finished the hooking on this chairpad, too .  I used up some of the scraps from the overflowing basket!

We have some wooden children's chairs and so a simple little heart chairpad was hooked last night, too and not to waste any background fabric I had just enough room to add a simple little house!  Guess I better clean up the wool snippets and find a needle and get busy binding this week.
Dad informed me that he has his garden tilled and the rows laid out for onions and just as soon as he gets some he will need some help planting.  Their garden is HUGE, actually they have two gardens.      I'll have to share a picture of the never~ending rows once we get started!
Enjoy the rest of your week....
Happy Trails....Ginger


Jacque. said...

Ginger...I never heard that story about the cat symbol. Thank you for sharing that. Your mats are all wonderfully primitive.

Karen said...

Hi Ginger...what a sweet story.
I remember Doug's mother telling about her family living by the tracks in our home town and the hobos would come to their house too because she always had rags for them - and then they sold the rags...they would tie a piece of rag on the fence to let others know she had rags to give (and food).
I love your cat and the story.
And you area quick hooker to get that done in one night. I probably could if it was a small one and I didn't have anything else to

Saundra said...

I love the primitive cat mat, the hobo story behind it and the other chairpads you shared. Oh, and I love your momma.

Thanks for sharing Ginger.


Rugs and Pugs said...

Ginger ~
Thanks for the folklore. What a great story!
I have purchased many old picnic baskets with the intention of hooking a mat for the top. Have I even hooked a mat for one of them? Of course not!
Happy, happy birthday to your mom and many, many more!
Hugs :)

Country Whispers said...

Love the cat basket and the story behind it.
Happy Birthday to your momma and oh I can't wait for garden season.....I'm tilling up the other half of my yard this year for a garden and can't wait. Since we got the pool I haven't had one but this year I'm going to have one.

annie said...

love the story, and Happy Birthday to your Mom! Been hearing the birds sing fir several days now, they know Spring is coming! Onion time, nothing like the first ones of the season going in.

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Goodness you are fast Ginger! What a great family story to go along with your hooked mat. :-) I bought a basket with the intent of putting a hooked piece on the lid. Some day. :-)

HomeSpunPrims said...

I have heard that hobo story before. Love all your hookings.
We are a long way from planting gardens up here! Still very much winter and will be for several weeks yet. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Lori