Penny Rugs in the Shaker Spirit Workshop


Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10am–4pm

Learn to make penny rugs with wool on wool applique with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter. In the early 1800’s thrifty women would recycle and repurpose worn textiles into folk art designs to create bed coverings, table mats and mantle pieces for colorful adornments. Most designs were made of layers of circles of wool traced from coins, hence the “penny rug.” Other pieces used images of fruits, flowers, houses, and animals to create a pictorial scene. Simple stitches will be used such as the blanket stitch plus a few other decorative stitches. Other historic techniques such as shirred wools will be added to make each piece unique. Several samples will be shown and you choose your own design.

After completing your piece, you will have the skills to go on to creating others for family and friends. A complete kit will be supplied, just bring along a pair of scissors to cut your wool.

Age 12 and up, all levels welcome. Class size: 10.

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