Happy Wednesday, dear friends!!
It is a lovely day here in Peoria with the windows open and a gentle breeze blowing!
Later the temps will climb a bit but the blinds and fans
help me stay cool
while I stitch!!
I so appreciated all of your comments regarding my penny rug
and wanted to share my progress!
and wanted to share my progress!
I also wanted to say the some of you thought the rug was Americana colors!
I know that cameras and computer monitors don't always give you a true picture of the colors
and I'm sorry about that!!
Just know that the real colors are BLACK, RED, and GOLD, with tan thread!!
I started with the center and the large red pennies!
The tan floss is a bit hard to see on the center gold pennies in the photo,
but you can see them in person!
There are a total of 9 large pennies all stitched in place!!
The large pennies are 2 1/2 inches and the small pennies are 1 1/2 inches!
I am so happy I decided to stitch the smaller pennies in place first,
as it is really a lot of work to turn this big rug around!!
I also decided to use my plastic cutting mat underneath to keep it from slipping on the table!
Another thing I did was to actually fold the sides up to make it smaller,
allowing me to get closer to the pennies
and also protect my arms from all those sharp pins!!
My arms looked like a kitty got a bit too rambunctious with me
after the first session of stitching!!
I thread 7 large eye needles
(I would thread more if I had them)
with my tan crochet thread and have them at the ready
so I can just stitch each penny without having to re-thread!
It really helps to keep a rhythm
and also makes me feel like I have accomplished something!!
After I use up all the threaded needles, I take a big stretch, re-thread,
and then decide if I will do some more
or call it a day!!
I was a bit worried that I might not have enough of this thread but after counting what I have left,
I am happy to say that I actually have a bit more than I need!!!
Each large penny uses one long thread!!
What a relief!!!
Here is what it looks like on the back, as you can really see the tan threads!!
I actually did stitch some of the large gold pennies as well as the red ones!
My next stitching session involved working on more of the large gold pennies!!
It seemed easier this time as I had worked out all the "kinks"
and with the rug folded up my arms looked much better!!
Yesterday I started working on the large black pennies and after stitching only 2 of them,
I decided to stitch the red ones below, and then ended up stitching the final gold and black ones!!
I just couldn't help it!!!
It really helped me to see what it would look like to have a corner stitched
and now I am so excited to get started again today and stitch some more!!
Here is another view of the back!! Look at all those stitched pennies!!!
The black pennies are very hard to see when stitching on the black background,
so I brought out my large OttLite and it really helped!!
I also noticed that the light helped make the true colors stand out more,
so I'm hoping you are seeing the right colors on your computer screens!!
This really is a BIG PROJECT, but I am truly enjoying the challenge
and will just take each day
and see how much I want to stitch on it!!
Some of you mentioned that you were inspired
to want to start your own penny rug,
and I do hope that if you are working on one,
you will share it!
The nice thing is that you can work on whatever size you want,
and whatever color you want!!
Just HAVE FUN!!
Thanks so much for your visit today and for following my progress!!!
I will be back soon with more to share!!
Wishing you a day filled with Happy Stitching, my friends~