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    Wool Penny Rugs

    Not quilts, but it is needle and thread.

    I bought a few kits here and there and make them while I'm at my Needlecrafters group so I can sit and chat around the other ladies. It's a lot easier to bring this than my sewing machine and stuff.

    These are all wool. I had been doing some other penny rugs but used felt from Hobby Lobby. I can now see how nice wool makes the project. So now I'm scouring Goodwill for wool coats and jackets to use since a little wool 8x8 piece is about $8.00! yikes. I had to cut out the pieces for the fish and pinecones projects, the others had precut pieces which is a great help since each of the petals in those flowers are actually four tiny hearts sewn together. Also, I painted/dyed the fish. They are gray wool dyed with red and green Rit dye. I was apprehensive at first and it came out better than I expected!

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    Why are they called penny rugs? It's an old term for wool work when ladies used scraps of wool and made decorative things for the home. I've heard two theories - one, they used pennies for templates to make circles, and two, they bought the wool pieces for a penny.

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    Those are cool looking. SO, I am guessing they are bigger than coaster size, but not as big as a placemat?
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      #3
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      Those are so cute! Love, love, love the fish one.
      Beth

      Procrastinate. It frees up time to quilt!

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        #4
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        They are wonderful.


        Jeannette

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          #5
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          Those are beautiful! I don't think I can pick a favorite!
          🌺 Lorie

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            #6
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            Beautiful work...always wanted to try this, but i don't do a very nice "blanket stitch"....
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              #7
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              These are beautiful - and you could incorporate them into a quilt, yes?

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                #8
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                Those are terrific! I really like the fish. Are they the size of a coaster?
                Cindy

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                  #9
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                  Gorgeous. How did you do a two tone die job on the fish? Is there a tutorial or you tube video?

                  Good luck on getting your wool from the thrift shop to felt. I have had dismal luck. If you have any tips on felting wool, please share. It is very expensive to purchase already felted.
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                    #10
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                    Gorgeous job, all are very nice, I love

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                      #11
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                      They are superb! I have 2
                      Will post pics in a bit!
                      The best luck ever for wool, is old wool blankets! You can find dark Green and sometimes beige at military surplus.
                      Also, jackets but those are harder to find here (TX) than in Ohio where most of my family is
                      Happy Quilting!

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                        #12
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                        Beautiful work.

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by DeniseSm View Post
                          Gorgeous. How did you do a two tone die job on the fish? Is there a tutorial or you tube video?

                          Good luck on getting your wool from the thrift shop to felt. I have had dismal luck. If you have any tips on felting wool, please share. It is very expensive to purchase already felted.
                          Most likely not 2 toned but 2 different pieces that are pieced/layered??
                          Happy Quilting!

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                            #14
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                            They are table topper size, about 25 inches in diameter.
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                            Last edited by bhaggerty; July 26, 2016, 06:45 PM.
                            Happy Quilting!

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                              #15
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                              Another source I have found (at least for the small pieces) are old wool scarves!
                              Happy Quilting!

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