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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

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Course Overview

Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored pieces of wool are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats, and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched into place. Called “penny” rugs because the original template was a large copper penny, these pieces have offered a frugal way to indulge in creative expression since the mid 1800s. In this class, you'll design and finish one sample project, before designing and sewing together a second larger piece. It should be possible to complete the second project in class as well. While they are called “rugs,” the finished product is too beautiful to walk on and makes a great table runner, trivet, pillow cover, or colorful touch.

No sewing experience is needed. Adult and youth pairs age 12+ are welcome, along with youth ages 12+ working independently.

Required Tools

  • Small sharp scissors

Optional Tools

  • Eye magnification if you need it
  • Embellishments such as flat buttons and beads


Wed, Feb 15th, 2023  –  Thu, Feb 16th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $190.00
Materials fee: $30.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Cheryl Larsen
Cheryl Larsen
Grand Marais, MN

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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics