Unofficial Clarenville and Area Website


Dulcie B. (Adams) Greening

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 effect. 

Fishing Stages

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. 

Flying Geese

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.

Flowers in Oval

Dulcie’s grandson, Anthony Rose, was the recipient of this mat after his grandmother’s death in May 1999. 

Sugar Bush

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. 

Source: Mr. Austin Greening


Original content is Copyright © 2004-18 by Kevin Elliott.
 This site has no affiliation with The Town of Clarenville, it is strictly a personal website.

Our Privacy Policy