Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I had a couple of people here who asked what penny rugs were. They are basically wool mats that have designs appliqued onto them. The name pennys come from the fact that in colonial days pennys were much much larger than they are now days and people would use the shape as a pattern to stitch around the outside edge. The oval shape things the pennys were stitched to are called lambs tongues as they look like the tongue of a lamb. They were used for the floors and table tops back then mainly to decorate their homes and to warm the floors. Today people who decorate in a colonial primitve style make them for table top uses. This one shown is called a tree of life and my original pattern.