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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 2M ago
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 used to shorten the cord,
for smaller books if needed.



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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 2M ago
I've been busy.
April's Petal Mat is now available in a pattern.
Check my Etsy Shop



My Ring Pin Cushion pattern in also now available!
Make some for your quilting or stitching group.


And I have a few 39" Hit and Miss kits left with a pattern in the works.
I'm just loving the colours on this one.

 Stay tuned for a new bookmark tutorial next week :-)

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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 2M ago
This mat has a story, I found the kitty cat sketch
in a folder of my
 Mom and Dad's paperwork.
I have no idea why it was there or why I kept it, until now. 
(Perhaps because Dad had scribbled his name on the front of it?)

I remember my Dad being good at drawing, 
he never did anything formal
or lasting.
Just whatever Mom or us kids would request.
At least that's my memory...I'll have to ask the others.

As I stitched I was thinking to call this mat 
Ray's Cat, or Ray's Mat.
It turned into 
Kitty's in the Garden

I love it, of course.

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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 2M ago
 I've called this post Use Up and Make Do because
 I've been finding new old things as I sort and clean my studio 
and I really do need to use them up and make do!
One thing I've learned about myself is that 
I can certainly fit a lot of stuff into a small space!


An old glass candlestick that I had aged
...ages ago, 
I added a wool blend fibre stuffed ball 
that I had created
...ages ago.
Then I slow stitched a velveteen strawberry,
twisted some crochet cotton from my hoard into a cord,
 added an old button, 
and
 tied the base with 
an over dyed stained piece
of cheesecloth.

A Make-Do Pincushion

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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 2M ago
Cleaning, sorting, cutting, and dreaming.

Feedsacks, tiny drawers, and wool....favourite things.
Teeny Tiny Wool Pennies
Tools, penny stacks, white buttons, and wool garment tags....more of my favourite things.

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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 3M ago
A great way to use up some woolie scraps. 
I made the heart out of over dyed cotton velveteen.
Find kits in my Etsy shop and a pattern as well.
Happy Valentine's Day my friends.
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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 3M ago
Winter flowers for the birds
 I felt particularly challenged when a friend
posted on her Facebook feed
a "hip" knitted cozy for her hummingbird feeder. 
Ha! I have wool....now let's see. 
I am not a quick knitter, but let me get out my needle and thread.

 
 I rummaged through my felted/fulled sweater stash
 and pulled out a soft, very soft sleeve. 
 
 Before I ran out into the bitter cold to bring in the feeder,
I played with some flower shapes and started stitching.
 
 Once I had the flowers in place I braved the frigid cold
 (okay.... I sent my husband outside the kitchen window)
and wrapped the sleeve around the feeder to fit for size.

 It was fun trimming the flower shapes and whip stitching to my heart's content.
(see one is like a heart)
My measurement for this large feeder is
9" x 12.5" of a fulled/felted knitted wool sleeve.
  
The best thing about felted wool, 
you don't have to hem it, just cut.

 No fancy stitching here. 
Make a 1/2" seam and you're done!


I don't know if this will keep the feeder from freezing, 
it is after all filled with sugar water and doesn't often freeze solid.
 Our temps don't get too low anymore here is the
 southwestern part of British Columbia, 
but we do get the odd cold snap. 
Cold temps and some white stuff are in the forecast this week.
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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 4M ago
Woolie Fun

Strawberry pincushions, gotta love 'em.
Can't get enough.

Pushing the boundaries of wool pennies?
Penny stack leaves.

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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 6M ago
In the grand scheme of sorting and clearing,
so that my woolie pursuits
 can filter to the top of my brain...
I am parting with many holiday
 and doll patterns.
I share them here with you my friends.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
Ask if you have a particular pattern 
by a particular maker that you'd love to own,
 I may have it.
$4.00 usd each plus shipping which is about $2.00-3.00
depending on one or more patterns. 
So let me know which ones you want,
 I will bundle.

These patterns are all intact, never been cut.
Many have my templates included. 
SunnyKnoll

Wood carving

Penquin, 2 snowmen, and angels

Waltzing with Bears patterns

Cranberry Junction

Miscellaneous Santa

4.00 for both

Miscellaneous Santa

Katie's Homespun Stitches patterns

Country Stitches patterns

Angels

Netty LaCroix

Dolls, carolers, and snowmen


LA. Designs

Dolls, Santa and the Children, and patriotic angel and Uncle Sam.

Witch, Snowman, Moose, and Goose.

Patrice and Company patterns
 
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Penny Rugs and More by Colleen Mackinnon; Penny Rugs And M.. - 7M ago
I have finished another rug! 
Seems like I've been productive,
but judging by the state of my studio, I am not!

Lots of unfinished items to sort through
 now that this big one is done.

Check my Etsy shop for precut wool pennies for the 
39" Vintage Sytle Penny Rug Kit.
Be sure to check each listing as the colours do differ.

You'll need your own thread and backing fabric.

Lessons are free;
I have been teaching this on our Facebook Group
The Ladies and Gents of the Wool Circle Club.

Come and join us, make one yourself!


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