Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Penny Rugs

I love penny rugs and have made just a few through the years. I prefer the traditional ones made of stacked coins - they make a wonderful project to work on while traveling on vacation because the pieces are small and easily transported. And they are a great place to use some of my wool that is too heavy for hooked rugs. This is the first one I ever made, and I believe it is the largest one I've made. The colors are rich and scrumptious.


A close up so you can see the stitching......



This one has all my favorite colors in it - I usually display it with bowls of spheres on top - croquet balls, pool balls, and other ball shaped items to carry out the theme.



This one I left open in the middle so that when I place a basket or box on top as part of the vignette it doesn't hide any of my stitching.



This one is quite small - about 8" across. I stitched it up as a sample when I taught a group of women how to make penny rugs - thought it was a good size for learning on.


Instead of using embroidery floss to stitch these, I prefer to use perle cotton, and sometimes I'll use crochet thread too - I like the way it makes the stitches a bit beefier and more visible.

11 comments:

whitey said...

red is my fav

Barb said...

I love your penny rugs...

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

I love your penny rugs, especially
the first one! They are all
beautiful! Thanks for sharing...

Bear Hugs~Karen

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gayle ~
I love your penny rugs! Your stitches are so perfect.
Thank you for sharing.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Nedra said...

All of them are wonderful but my favorite is the red one with the scalloped edges.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

They're all wonderful, Gayle! I love the first one and the red one!

Mindy said...

That's a lot of stitching! I love making penny rugs.

katie said...

Oh I love them all, they look great.
I never thought of using crochet thread. Good Idea.

Deb said...

I love all of them Gayle! Each are great in their own way.

Sheila said...

The first one is my favorite.....I love working with wool. I have plans for more embroidery work with my quilting this year.....lots of patterns....not much accomplished yet. :)

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Hey Gayle! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your penny rugs! Great job!
Hope you have a happy week!