This 3 1/2' X 4' rug was made by Mary Ann when she and her husband
moved out of Nebraska to homestead in Gillette, Wy. At the homestead
she created this American treasure from what was obviously their old
cast off clothes of all types of material. It was given to the current
owners Mom and Dad as a wedding gift during World War II. Now the grandson
and his wife wanted it repaired so that it could someday be passed on
to their daughter and then to her 3 year old daughter; 5 generations...
what a great story! And what a joy it has been to restore it to like-new
when it really looked to be a hopeless task at the onset. (For you braiders:
It required 20+ butts and lots of relacing to fix it. Well worth the
"An American Treasure" Before
"An American Treasure" After
we just don't know what to say! The rug turned out to be wonderfully
finished! This is the first time it really looks like it was supposed
to when it was originally made. What is interesting, I don't remember
all the printed material in the rug. Your work is really nice and we
have decided we cannot just put it away as planned. We intend to use
it (carefully) and care for it as you explained."
"We will be leaving at the end of the month to
see Richard's mom and cannot wait to show her the pictures of it in
the living room. She will be as pleased as we are. Thank you so much!!
I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone that has a need for
your services."...Lenexa, Ks