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Fishermen’s Wives &
Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs, 1923–1938

Paperback 10” x 7”
121 pages with color and b/w photographs
ISBN 978-1-63381-036-5


Sadie's Winter Dream


by Judith Burger-Gossart

Sadie’s Winter Dream: Fishermen’s Wives & Maine Sea Coast Mission
Hooked Rugs, 1923–1938 recounts the early years of the mission and the work of the audacious Alice M. Peasley, who developed a hooked rug program so fishermen’s wives could make money. Even more importantly, she opened their eyes to beauty and creativity; their self-esteem improved and they found new joy in life.

Thanks to Judith Burger-Gossart’s outstanding research, an intriguing piece of downeast Maine history has been brought to light. This book is about rugs, yes, but it is also a remarkable story of community, art, and hard living—and a determined woman named Alice M. Peasley. —CARL LITTLE, author of Art of the Maine Islands and other books

These rugs are beautiful, moving, and somehow even heroic. Had Judith Burger-Gossart not recovered their story we would all have been much the poorer. —ELIZABETH POCHODA, editor The Magazine Antiques

Through the lens of hooked rugs, we see into the hearts of Maine’s coastal women; despite their hardscrabble lives they produced art of beauty and imagination…a witness to the strength of the human spirit. —SCOTT PLANTING, President, Maine Sea Coast Mission

This book is a collection of diaries worked in wool. The mothers, aunties, and grannies along Maine’s coast and the outer islands all unknowingly created autobiography while they thought they were providing warmth over cold floors or something to set their rocker on by the woodstove. —SUZANNE RANKIN, Director, Matinicus Island Historical Society



JUDITH BURGER-GOSSART graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1965, majoring in American Studies, and later received a masters degree in history from Columbia University Teachers College. She has curated hooked rug exhibits and catalogues, given numerous talks on hooked rugs, and written articles on Maine Sea Coast Mission hooked rugs for The Magazine Antiques and Rug Hooking Magazine. She is an antique dealer and designs and makes hooked rugs. Judith and her husband live in Salsbury Cove, Maine.