Penny Wool Folk Art Workshop
with Linda Learnard
1:00 - 5:00pm
Discover the techniques used to create Penny Wool Folk Art with Linda Learnard. Select from Linda's unique ornament kits to learn and practice Basic Penny Wool stitches.
In the 1800s, starting around the time of the Civil War, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool or felted wool from old clothing, blankets and hats to create designs for mats or rugs. Using coins as templates, they created circles and each piece was then stitched in blanket stitch fashion. (Thus, the name "penny" rug).
Penny rugs are not actual rugs for the floor, but decorative coverings for beds, tables and dressers and mantles. Sometimes they are used as wall hangings or pillows. Most designs include circles and some include images from everyday life such as cats, flowers, birds and shapes such as stars and hearts.