Thursday, November 7, 2019

A Moody Little Mat

I finished this mat a little while ago.
Nice small size
Easy bound edge, no backing.

A quick visual tutorial for binding the edge:

Cut a piece of cotton or flannel 1 inch wide 
(Note that here I used 1.5 inches and had to trim later)
Pin in place around your mat and stitch with a running stitch all around.
You can fold the raw edge at one or both ends for neat finish.

Trim away excess: 
Apologies, I don't show that I did cut the trim width down to 1 inch, 
1 inch is plenty wide enough.
Fold over and pin in place all around edge:

Make tiny stitches along the back, 
matching to your running stitch,
 to hold the trim in place.

 You're done!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I'm back from vacation and mostly finished with our house move.
The biggest thing a person can do.
Gosh, and after 40 years of collecting stuff,
 I have to try and find my stuff.

Today I spent filling and packing some orders...

getting back to normal.

Check my Etsy Shop for penny rug items.
Let me know if I can help you with something.

I'll be working on new projects this fall, stay tuned!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hiding your thread; no knots

Working on a little mat today,
was thinking of how I end my thread,
and thought I'd share.
This is a nifty way to end thread without a knot.

Very useful for penny mats.


I take a few stitches into the back of the stack, 
being particular that the tip of the needle goes into the same space as it came out, 
but in a different direction.

 When you do this, pick up a bit of the wool stack inside.

Then snip the thread close. 
It pops inside. 
No knots ...a hidden back-stitch of sorts.

Always fun to share,
from me to you, 

Monday, March 25, 2019

New Bookmark Tutorial

These are simple to make and very useful.
You will love this style of bookmark, I do!

Gather the supplies you will need:
-16" of elastic cord
-a variety of beads and or buttons
-two 1" wool pennies
-one 1/2" or 9/16" wool penny
-needle and thread

 Thread the beads and buttons onto the cord,
then knot the end and trim.
 Secure the knot onto one of the wool pennies:

Then stitch the smaller penny to the other 1" penny:
 Here again with a lighter colour for better viewing:

 Here I stitched the small penny
 to hide the stitches that showed from securing the elastic:

 After stitching the stack together
make some back stitches inside the stack to secure
your thread and snip.

 Nicely done!

  The bead or buttons can be adjusted to shorten the cord,
for smaller books if needed.