Saturday, February 10, 2007

Penny Rug...

A while back, some of us were musing over the term "Penny Rug." This morning I stumbled over this while visiting a craft-zine I subscribe to...

"What is a Penny Rug? It is a name given to a folk-art style of appliqué dating back to the mid 1800’s. The rugs were traditionally made from felted wool. This technique was used to make table runners, pillows, and rugs that were not placed on the floor. The “penny” comes from the coins that were used as templates for the circle motif that was often used in the designs."

Now we know!!!



Blogger Shirlee said...

I knew what they were because of my love for all things primitive and folksy but never knew why the word "penny" was used to describe such items. Makes sense though. Thanks for educating me!

2/13/07, 1:45 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I was one of the curious minds, so thank you for "enlightening" me!

I'd love to make one myself, not sure if I'd have patience to do a penny rug. Maybe a saucer rug?? Is there such a thing? :)

2/13/07, 10:38 PM  

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