This is a very handsome over-sized traditional primitive penny rug flower pincushion and is created by hand stitching multiple primitive colored wool "tabs" around a yellow center and then hand appliqueing it to the top of this pincushion. This pincushion is stuffed with a crushed walnut shell filling to keep your pins and needles clean and sharp or it can be used as a decoration, paper weight or as an attractive note holder by simply pinning your reminders to it. Whatever you might use it for, it will be a conversation piece as well.
Penny Rugs were originally made from recycled wool and used as doormats in the early 1800's. They became small samples of decorative needlework to be displayed on top of tables, dressers, beds and desks. I am intrigued by the materials used, the traditional folk art designs and the functional aspects of this traditional craft.
In my explorations of this traditional artwork, I have experimented with various weights of wool, and I continue to explore hand dying. I have always loved needlework and love all forms of hand stitching and embroidery, recreating the beautiful stitches of bygone days. I strive to use heirloom quality materials and craftsmanship. If you have any questions about my work, or materials please feel free to contact me.
This piece is a more simple sort of pattern whose well-chosen primitive colored tabs are carefully hand-appliqued with tiny little stitches to the top of this pincushion, exemplifying the careful needlework art of yester years.
Size: 5.5 inches in diameter x 3.75" tall weight: 1 lb. 14 oz. (extra cost to ship due to weight)
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