Quilt No.172DG - Doris Gould

Doris Gould
Owner: 
Doris Gould
Location: 
VIC North East
Maker
Maker: 
Doris Gould
Made in
AUSTRALIA VIC
Date: 
unknown
Description: 
Fox skin rug made from 28 winter fox skins, with turquoise green felt backing and with green felt scalloped edging. Part of some tails as edging remain. Skins hand pieced together, top sewn to backing by machine. 1550 x 1550mm
History: 

Made by Doris Gould from skins taken from foxes shot by her husband Jack or friends. Now owned by the Omeo Historical Society (VIC).

Story: 

The foxes were shot at Cobungra by Jack Gould (Doris's husband), or Bill Toland or Tom Leyshon. They whistled up the foxes using a whistle home made from a piece of kerosene tin. The skins were tanned by Bill Toland using wattle bark; he also pegged them out. Doris pieced the skins, trimmed them and stitched by hand using heavy thread. Extra skins were used to replace the grey pieces under the neck. The top was machined to the back felt and this was scalloped using a penny.
The rug was for many years at the foot of Doris's bed and used in winter. She then said it became too heavy. The children loved it.

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