Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics
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.
- Small sharp scissors
- Eye magnification if you need it
- Embellishments such flat buttons and beads