Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Penny For My Thoughts

I completed this mat in 2018

and posted it with a summary of my trip to France.

It deserves it's own space.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!



A random layout of greens and reds (because I love red)

I taped the rows and numbered them so I wouldn't forget my random layout.

 Which was a good thing considering how long this project waited for me.
Center row basted down. 

Tip; I remove some of the "stick" of the tape on my jeans before I put it on the wool.  



Gathered all into one of my many cigar boxes, and there is sat and sat and sat.

Stitching again! 
I am using an overdyed #10 crochet cotton with a #20 Chenille needle. 
Both are my favourites.

Hold the penny in place with a french knot.
 Apropos, oui mais non?

Bring your needle up from below

Begin a slanted blanket stitch

Here is where you "close" the blanket stitch, 
join the two bottoms of the stitch in the middle.
It looks rather lacey doesn't it?

Do you see how it is simply an angled and closed blanket stitch?

Doing it again

And again

End the circle with the needle into the first stitch.

So far so good, some pink and orange in there to keep it random. Make your mat any size, you can add or subtract rows. It doesn't have to end in points. Choose your own style.
(No worries, I will show you how I line the back of this rug
 and hide all those unsightly threads.)

Keep going, stitch down the rows that you neatly taped and set aside.
Tip; notice here that I placed a stitch holding row number 12 tape as a marker.
The marker is so that I would know which end is which, and which way is up.
You can be really random and just pick a penny from your stash, 
just keep stitching them down.


Apply masking tape to all sides to create an even cutting edge.

Trim away the excess using the tape as a guide. Gently remove the tape.

Lay right side down onto a fabric for the backing.

Trim away excess backing fabric, matching the size of penny mat.

Pin well, allow an opening to turn to right side.

Sew all sides, not too close to the finished pennies. Pivot at corners and remember to leave an opening on one side of about 3 - 4 inches for turning.

Here is my opening.

Trim the seams down to 1/2 or 1/4" and clip corners.
After you turn your mat inside out, be careful at the corners. 
Use something blunt to push them out, GENTLY, don't push through the fabric.
Or you can pull them gently from the outside with a strong needle.
This is mine turned through the opening and pressed with a warm iron.
(Press on the backside, or cover the front with a pressing cloth)

Sew the opening closed with a ladder or whip stitch.


Find real wool pennies in my Etsy Shop

Yours, Colleen



Sunday, February 28, 2021

Hit or Miss


This mat is a biggie, if you like big projects this one is for you!

My pattern is now available.

Do check my Etsy shop.

Here are some working photos for you.
I designed it as a Hit or Miss,
you can use any colour scheme.
Also, you can adjust the penny size 
to create a smaller or larger mat.
I explain in my pattern how to calculate a different size.
stitching a stack
Attaching a stack.

Stitching the last stack!

Stay safe, stay well,
and keep on stitching!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Another One Done

 Another one done

 I've completed another of Cee Rafuse's patterns.

Look for it in my Etsy shop

 Ned and Jake 

Cee's interpretation of an antique mat, it's a good one.


Keep on stitching and 

Stay safe,



Thursday, November 12, 2020

Pattern Announcements!

Pattern Announcements!

I've been a busy bee these last few weeks.

Just completed two of my dear friend Cee Rafuse's patterns.

Look for them in my Etsy shop 

 The Corrie Penny Runner

Named from Cee's love of watching Coronation Street 

and how she stitched this one during catch up episodes. 



  Cee's 1899 Potted Flowers

They are both great additions to your decor.

Stay safe and keep stitching,


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Sweet Candle Mat

Make an 8 inch candle mat


So simple with the method I've shown

on how to assemble a rug of stacks.

Make up a collection of stacks, 19 for this this little mat.

Back them with a matching base penny to hide all your stitches.

Then whip stitch the stacks all together.

A great way to use up your woolie scraps.


Check my Etsy shop for this kit

and my tutorials for the method.


Keep on stitching!