Happy Friday, dear friends!!!
It is supposed to be a pretty warm one today in Arizona,
but I don't mind as the sun is shining, the birds are singing,
and it is still 84 degrees!!
My windows are open to let in the cool breeze for now
but will be closed later with the blinds drawn when the temps reach 89,
climbing to 93 later in the afternoon!
So far the fans are all we need to keep cool,
but the days of AC are coming soon!!
I love penny rugs and decided I wanted to make one for our dining room table!
I have some large bins in the garage, filled with all kinds of wool that I have collected over the years!
Most of it is coat weight wool or old wool blankets
and they are just perfect
for cutting up and making pennies!
Here are some of my old blankets that I decided to work with!!
I also used some black wool from an old coat! You can get lots of good pennies from this panel!
All of this wool has been washed to make sure it is clean and ready for use!!
I love to use freezer paper and keep reusing it over and over again!!
It works great, but just be sure to use old scissors the first time
so you don't ruin those good sewing scissors cutting through paper!!
After I use it the first time, I just cut around it with my good hinged scissors
just cutting the wool!!
Here are some of my pennies!
More of them
And some more!!
I think I went a bit crazy and even after cutting so many, I still have so much wool left!
That is why old wool blankets and old wool coats are so great to use!!!
I finally decided on my color combination of black, red and gold!
I wanted to make a diamond shaped rug and because I cut so many pennies, it will be pretty large!!
There are a total of 169 large and 169 small pennies in black, red, and gold!!
Originally, I was thinking of using a lighter backing
but was so happy to find a very large piece of black cotton fabric that I had forgotten about
and am really happy with it!!
I will also be using some dyed crochet thread that matches the pennies already stitched!
I laid out my pennies first in the shape I wanted and measured it!
Then I cut out a rectangle of those measurements from the black cotton,
folded it lengthwise and ironed it, and then folded it in half and ironed that as well!
I had to take all the pennies off the table so I could lay the cotton on it and check it to make sure I had measured it correctly!!
Then I started in the center of the cotton with the large red pennies,
and used the creases to line them up!
I used long ball head pins to pin them in place along the grain of the fabric!
The next row was large gold, then large black, and back to red!
After getting all those pennies pinned in place, I took my yard stick and chalk pencil
and traced a line from each side to the point to use as a cutting line!
I will turn those cut sides under and stitch them under the outside row
when I finish the rug!!
Believe it or not, I found these wonderful pinking shears in an old sewing basket that I bought at a local antique mall and they are in mint condition,
so I used them to pink the edges so they won't fray as I am stitching the pennies in place!!!
All pinked and ready to stitch!!!
I have lots of needles in my pincushion that will be threaded with some of my hand dyed crochet thread!
This is going to be a BIG JOB, but I am excited to get started soon!!
I made a much smaller penny rug several years ago and with this one
I actually joined the pennies together with threads, rather than use a backing!!
Here is a close up of the stitching!
It has really held up well, but is much smaller than my new one will be
and I don't move it much except to clean it!
Here is another rug I made using tongues
and this one also stays put except to clean!!
If you get the urge to make your own penny rug,
you can use any left over wool scraps you might have
and even use old fabrics!
So go check out your fabric stashes
and see what you can come up with!!
Be creative and above all
I would love for you to share if you plan to make a penny rug
or if you have made one in the past!!
I will be back soon to share my progress with you!!!
Thanks so much for visiting with me today!
I hope you were inspired to try your hand at making a penny rug, or perhaps even working on that project that you tucked away somewhere!!!
Today IS THE DAY!!
Wishing you a day filled with lots of Creative Goodness, my friends~