Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Making A Candle Mat

This is a quick little project that doesn't take much wool.
I used 19 1.5 inch wool circles and 19 3/4" inch circles.
My thread of choice is #10 crochet cotton

My base square started out at 9.5 inches.
 You can use any fabric for the base, 
just be sure it is thin.

 Press your base fabric to create a center point,
or baste a horizontal and a vertical line in a dark thread.
 Stitch a penny stack in the middle, then work outwards from it.
 Start the second row
  I use one straight pin and work with it, moving it around the stack.
 Adjust your stitch direction as you work around the stack.
  Layout is complete
 Measure off with masking tap to trim away excess.
I must credit this tip to my friend Cee at Early Style Penny Rugs.
 Trim with scissors
 Fold, iron, and pin edges.
 Blind stitch with matching sewing thread.

My base is wool, so I pressed and steamed with a pressing cloth.

Friday, February 3, 2017

A History of Penny Rugs

 Here's something that I haven't touched on,
 it's really fun to research penny rugs. 

It is believed that penny rugs were a way of using up the remnants of cast off and used woolen clothing that wasn't large enough to cut into strips for hooking rugs. The term "penny rug" came from the use of coins as templates for varying sizes of circles that were cut from the fulled or felted wool of hats, and clothing. The concentric circles were stitched onto burlap or feed sacks. Penny stacks were also called buttons. 

 Earlier pieces done on burlap are difficult to find in good condition, as burlap can break down over many years of storage. A large piece of wool was seldom used as a backing because it was too precious. Not all penny rugs were made up of circles.  An appliqued pattern depicting things like animals, people, primitive shapes, flowers, homes, and festive scenes, are also called penny rugs. 

 Early settlers might have brought rugs and techniques with them from their European homelands.

Some rugs have decorative edging, done with elongated pieces.  Resembling the shapes of teardrops and tongues. Tongues may also be known as lamb's ears, scallops, shoe heels, or pen wipers.  There is much history about these truly home made, cottage craft rugs and they are fun to research.
Rugs were seldom used for floors in  bygone days, but as "ruggs" to cover beds for warmth and to cover table tops, or hearths, for decoration and purpose.

Check this link at The American Folk Art Museum for further reference.
How about some more eye candy, here are images of the 
American Folk Art Exhibition

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Winners Annouced!

The winners of my FaceBook template giveaway are drawn!
Congratulations to Linda Flaherty and Sylvie Depont! 
My daughter drew your names this morning from all the comments. 
I will private message both of you for your addresses. 
You will each receive one set of my penny rug templates, free shipping.
 Thank you EVERYONE for taking the time to post a comment on my Facebook page
 as entry for this giveaway. 
I hope you all enjoy your woolie projects.
 I will always be posting more tips and tricks, I enjoy teaching and helping with penny rugs. 
Check out this blog for great tutorials and my YouTube channel for videos.
If you didn't win a set of templates, maybe Santa will bring you a set?
Check my Etsy shop for templates, kits, and precut pennies.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Freebie on my Facebook Page

Who wants a free set of templates,
 shipping included!

I'm making up another batch of my templates.

I want to get the word out that these are 
 great from cutting perfect circles.

Only one Rule:
Drop into my Facebook page 
and leave a comment on my giveaway 
to win one of TWO sets.
I will draw for the winners on November 14, 2016.

Be sure to look for my cutting circles tutorial
 on the sidebar of my blog 
or click here to go directly to it.

I'm always looking forward to meeting new penny ruggers!

I hope you're taking some time to add stitching to your day.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Scrap Craft!

It's so much fun to make a Moravian Star.
Use up your scraps of wool.
or purchase a kit in my Etsy shop

Check out my 2011 tutorial.
Look for it in my tutorial list on this blog
or click here