Born March, 1913 in Milton, Trinity Bay. Dulcie married Frederick J.
Greening from Port Blandford, Bonavista Bay and spent most of her
married life there. After her husband’s death in 1959, she resided with
her son, Austin, who was a teacher in Clarenville. Dulcie’s mat hooking
skills were learned from her mother. In those early days, most of the
families of outport houses prided themselves on their hooked mats.
Practically every room in the house had one or two mats on the floor.
Most of the mats Dulcie hooked were
obtained from her cousin, Ena Decker, who lived in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Ena brought stamped brim mats at a craft store and sent them to my
mother. Mom would cut narrow strips of material from used clothing to
use in the mats. Sometimes wool would be used to give the desired
The outline for
this mat was drawn by artist Bill Rose, while he was teaching at
Clarenville Primary School. The mat was hooked for a friend, Philip
Noel, who later gave it to Dulcie’s son, Austin. It now hangs in his
apartment in Clarenville.
This mat was a
gift to Dulcie’s daughter and son-in-law, Doreen and Delano Rose. It
hangs in the family room of their house in Clarenville.
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grandson, Anthony Rose, was the recipient of this mat after his
grandmother’s death in May 1999.
This is the last
mat Dulcie hooked. Due to her illness, she was unable to bend over the
mat frame. It now hangs in her son’s apartment in Clarenville.