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Penny rugs have been done for many, many years dating back to the 19th century. Penny rugs are a testiment to the thriftiness and artistry of women in that time. Penny rugs are named so because the round "pennies" were drawn using a penny, which, in those times, was the size of today`s half dollar. Smaller sized pennies were drawn using nickles, dimes and quarters.
Fabrics typically used were worn out blankets, coats, pants, shirts and other woven materials. The most prized penny rugs were made of 100% wool. Offering a functional purpose covering furniture and floors, they also added a homespun charm to home decorating.
Today`s penny rug makers are welcoming the recreation of this historic craft and honoring the long tradition of needlework. Winterberry Cabin offers a growing collection of their own designs as well as those by other designers.
All patterns include full-size templates, easy-to-follow instructions, a complete materials list and a color photo for reference. Kits we offer all contain Winterberry Cabin hand-dyed woolens. We offer kits for several of the patterns we carry. Kit contents is listed with each individual pattern.