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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 scraps 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 copper penny, these pieces have offered a frugal way to indulge in creative expression since the early 1800s. In this class, you'll design and finish one project, with the possibility of pursuing a larger piece or starting a second project. 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 flat buttons and beads

Dates

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

Course Details

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

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