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Grace Helen Mowat and the Making of Cottage Craft

by (author) Diana Rees

with Ronald Rees

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Nov 2010
Business, Folkcrafts, Corporate & Business History
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2010
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Knitting is a booming pastime, enjoying a resurgence of interest, spawning books, movies, a brisk online trade in wool and knitted goods — even trade fairs. In Canada, Cottage Craft has long held a strong reputation for its fine wool, dyed to the palette of the local landscape, and the fine craftsmanship of the women who weave and knit its quality materials. Behind Cottage Craft is the story of a woman of vision and remarkable resolve. Grace Helen Mowat looked upon traditional rural crafts — knitting, weaving, and rug hooking — as cash crops for the straitened farm women of Charlotte County, New Brunswick. In 1911, unmarried and with limited means, she commissioned a handful of St. Andrews women to make rugs according to her designs, which were then sent to Montreal. The Arts and Crafts movement was in full swing — the rugs sold quickly. This is the story of how Grace Helen Mowat built Cottage Craft into a burgeoning home-grown business that continues to attract customers the world over.

About the authors

Diana Rees was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1983, after a career as teacher and librarian, she became owner and operator of the Sea Captain’s Loft in St Andrews, adjacent to Cottage Craft. Upon retirement, Diana began a biography of Grace Helen Mowat and a history of Cottage Craft, but died in 2007, leaving the manuscript to be completed by her husband, Ronald

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Ronald Rees is a former professor of historical geography who taught at the University of Saskatchewan and, as adjunct professor, at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. He has written books on the landscape and settlement of the Canadian prairies, on garden history, on science and industry in nineteenth-century Wales, and on United Empire Loyalist settlements in the Maritimes. He was born in Wales and for the past twenty-five years he has lived in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

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