Thanks for signing up!

Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs

Capturing life from the perspective of a fisherman's wife

By: Judith Burger-Gossart

According to records, Mary Ann Bunker hooked 150 rugs. This one is titled Autumn Birches.

The Roaring Twenties was a time of prosperity. The economy was booming, and the spirits of many were high. The status of women was on the rise, heralded in by the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. The Jazz Age was in full swing in places like New York City.

Yet, there was little jazz in Downeast Maine, particularly for fishermen and their families. For them, work was backbreaking, and it was hard to make ends meet even in the best of times. To increase the family income, the Maine Sea Coast Mission began a hooked rug program in the 1920s that put fishermen’s wives to work. This little-known endeavor has not garnered the attention that Waldoboro rugs and Grenfell Mission mats have received; however, its story is worthy of receiving a special focus.

This article is from the June/July/August 2014 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


Free tutorials, expert tips, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password