Thursday, November 22, 2012

Penny Rugs

I have made several penny rugs and it would be hard to put all the pictures on this site. Below is a picture of one I made for my brother and his family. Here is how I do this.
  • I buy 100% wool. I try to get thick coat wool. If you can't find different colors, you could buy just plain white or off white wool and dye them. My idea was to dye them in natural colors using such things as beet juice, mustard, blueberries, strawberries, and so on.
  • First I felt the wool by boiling it in water separated by color. Yes it smells like wet dogs. This packs the wool and it wont fray as much.
  • Dry the wool in a hot dryer. Make sure it's pure wool or you will mess up your dryer.
  • Some of the shapes are 3D for effect. The flowers on the tree are two-three flowers from a large shape to a smaller shape blanket stitched on in either contrasting thread or the same color. You could just blanket stitch around the outside of the flower and attach in the middle for a different effect. Now don't use embroidery thread. My thread is a bit thicker. Use size 5 (regular embroidery is size 2)
  • Cut out your shapes and pin to a larger piece. I sewed a contrasting wool frame around the main area.
  • Blanket stitch your pieces on and add things, if you want, like buttons or different kinds of embellishments.
  • I then put a cotton backing on it by sewing it right sides together then invert and iron.
I found a blog that is amazing. She has such unique stitches. These are the kind of stitches you can put on a penny rug.  Paper Napkin Poetry.
Since we still live in a travel trailer making these large items are not possible. Today I am working on a felted cupcake used for a pin cushion. Wish me luck. I saw one on Etsy.
Any craft is soothing. With this economy and the troubles it will bring crafting, sewing, knitting and such could become like yoga, soothing and relaxing.

Two lions under a tree with stars and birds

1 comment:

  1. thank you for your comment on my blog.

    i think your wool rug is very nice and felted wool is good to work with due to the fact that it doesn't fray. i appreciate your mentioning and linking to my blog and am happy that my stitches inspire you.

    in answer to your questions about youtube videos or instructions; i don't have any. the embroidery stitches are very well explained on the pintangle blog that i visit. there has been a new stitch introduced each week and at first i was very familiar with most of them but as time has gone on i have learned quite a few new ones.
    i highly recommend checking that blog out if you are interested in embroidery. not only is the blog a good one but there are many participants in the Take A Stitch Tuesday Challenge who are extremely talented and you will enjoy seeing what they do with each stitch.

    once again, thank you for your visit to my blog and i hope that you will feel free to visit again.