Penny Rugs: Wool on Wool Applique
In the early 1800’s thrifty homemakers would recycle worn textiles into folk art designs to create decorative bedcoverings, table mats and mantel pieces to adorn their home. 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 that were drawn to create a colorful canvas to brighten their home. With this wool on wool process, we will use a blanket stitch and other decorative stitches to embellish our unique piece. We will add other historic techniques such as shirred vines and chenille shirred borders. Just bring along a pair of scissors and a complete kit will be supplied of wools, threads, and needles to complete your sample piece.
Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for the last thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rug making 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.
$105 members; $130 nonmembers
Please bring a pair of scissors. A kit with all other necessary materials will be provided. All class registrations will close 1 week prior to the event.