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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched into place. Called "penny" rugs because the original template was a copper penny, these pieces have offered a frugal way to indulge in creative expression since the early 1800s. In this class, you'll design and finish one project, with the possibility of pursuing a larger piece or starting a second project. While they are called "rugs," the finished product is too beautiful to walk on, and makes a great table runner, pillow cover or colorful touch.


New! Thu, Feb 16, 2017 - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/05/17)

Course Details

Length in days:
1 1/2

Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm

$135.00 per student (Regular rate)
$125.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

Age with adult:

* The Feb 16, 2017 course is part of the Northern Fiber Retreat event

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. small, sharp sewing scissors
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Karen Smaby

In an effort to un-earth herself from the mountains of scraps she accumulates as an avid fiber artist, Karen revels in recycling projects, like penny rugs, that make use of materials she already has. Karen works with both wool and paper to create an intensity of colors and textures in items of everyday use. She is a member of and exhibits through the Northwoods Fiber Guild and teachers bookbinding to local high school students.

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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics