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My Goodness Where Goes My Time!

It seemed only a few months since
my last blog post and not a year!!!


2016 was a year of struggles and changes,
but  in this new year I look forward to
many wonderful things,
 new rugs, new home, new challenges and new friends.

I will be teaching a new penny rug class
starting mid May and several more throughout the summer.

The first class will make the little rug in the photo above, using,
 'NO STICK PINS'
Yes, it is true, no pins needed to do the penny rugs.
This class will be an 'open border' edge and in 
other classes through the summer I will have
instructions on binding edges, pillow case edging,
colour theory, the 10 foot rule, and designing 
wool applique from antique hooked rugs.

This class will start with videos on how to cut perfect
circles, the various layouts of penny rug making and
various stitches to use on the rugs along with 
the most often miss-understood basics of  fabrics, felting and threads.
Step by step video and class instructions to finish 
the Diamond Vintage Wool Rug and finally I will 
go into detail video and instructions to
make your own onion dye and age rugs.
I just may throw in a few of my age dyeing 'secrets' as well.




The kit for the first class is optional but there is nothing
like the actual 'doing and stitching' to grasp these new techniques.

This is an 'open' kit and will be available until I start the second class.
The colours are very muted in soft greens, rusts, various browns and 
measures 9 and 1/2 inches by 15 inches.

Kit includes pre-cut pennies, age dyed cotton base, 
a generous supply of my new aged threads, plus a few surprises.

Price of the kit is 48.00  shipping included.
Kit is only available by emailing either Cee or Colleen 






The class will be on our new Facebook group


Colleen and I hope to meet you there!

Happy Stitching!
cee
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My Goodness!!
Has it really been January since I've last blogged?

Much has happened since those Scrappy Log Cabin Kits.
My rugs have now become 'a family affair'.
Everyone is helping including my 
sweet four year old grandson
Avery



Avery has a new kit
Here Kitty Kitty
he is on commission
Avery gets 5.00 for every sale.

His Grampie cuts pennies and more pennies,
His Daddy is in charge of patterns
His Mommy is my assistant to 
whatever I need and
Nannie now has time to do what
I love, to design and stitch.
and so.. 
this is what has been happening
 since my last post.




The 'Corrie Penny Runner' is my newest kit.
I so enjoyed stitching this rug!  It is adapted from
a antique cushion recently sold on

My goal this year is to work on my stitching.
To have primitive stitches and 
this one is so very easy yet looks very prim.
It is a blanket stitch but reversed to show
the circle on the inside edge of the penny.



The construction is very similar to the
Scrappy Log Cabins.
The squares are pinned as the runner base,
basted and stitched with the 
herringbone stitch.
Pennies are then stitched 
in random sizes in the 
reverse blanket stitch.



The sawtooth border is amazingly simple.
Center the triangle to the square, pin, baste and
again do the herringbone stitch.
The triangles are finished in a blanket stitch.

The pennies could also be blanket stitched
if you choose the 
'not so messy' look to your runner.



Of course as you know..
every rug tells a story and to read the
story of 'Corrie' visit my listing in 



This year I will have several rugs to
teach a lesson on making penny rugs.

This is the first of the teaching rugs,
Flowers of Spring

The rug is constructed of only 
one inch circles with a stitch
exactly as the blanket stitch except
the needle always starts in the center 
of the circle instead of the edge 
of the penny.
Very easy and simple.



The 'Teaching Part' of this kit is 
how to choose shades of thread to
compliment the shades of wool in your rug.

Most rug use one shade and this too can be
deceiving especially light and dark thread.

I also will talk about the size of thread
how the stitch and shade changes the 
colours in your rug and ..
something I use in every rug I design.
The 10 foot rule

More information in my listing for this kit on

P.S.   I will be working on uploading videos over the weekend.



Yes I finally gave in and did it!!
I know many of you have admired this rug.
It is my Halifax Rug chosen by 
Early American Life 
to photograph in their magazine
the year I was chosen for their 
Artisans Directory.



Over 400 circles and many, many yards of 
my age dyed string, this is the 
largest rug I have stitched.

I have a few kits left but when those are gone..
this one is gone forever!!!
No going back because I only have enough
wool dyed for those pennies.
Each shade of the pennies had to be 
dyed separately and was so much work!!

The kits left are in 




Granted Kitty is taking quite a hug but 
could anyone resist that sweet face?



If Kitty could  talk..
what would she say..



Kitty is also listed in 




Yes there are now PATTERNS!

A bit different in format from the 
regular paper patterns
(would you expect normal from me?)
The patterns are full size and 
hand traced on freezer paper.
No printing, marking, enlarging..
iron to your wool
cut and start stitching your rug!




Old Favourites from years ago along with
last year's kit patterns. such as the 
Heart'n Hands
The Marriage Rug
The Colonial Basket
and more.. 

These will be available on and off throughout
this year and then retired.

Whew.. well that is about what is happening with
our family since the first of the year.

I'm so excited to be able to just 
design and stitch
well ..
it's not too bad that I am able to
 'boss everyone around'
  too!!

and finally from 
Avery and Nannie

A big smile and ..




HAPPY STITCHING!!!

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The Scrappy Log Cabin Kits have been the most difficult and challenging kits
since I started selling the kits a year and a half ago.
My original samples were easy and quick.  I used freezer paper and cut the
 'wonky' logs, basted together and stitched.  
Easy as could be!
However, when it came to kit up the designs for orders
 a multitude of problems happened.

 My logs worked because it was one freezer pattern, cut to sew 
one log square.  To use the freezer paper and send out to cut the logs would not
work because each individual log needs to match with the original sheet of paper pattern.
Even if the cut varies one eight of an inch it would not work.
This was after cutting over 40 freezer paper blocks and finding they would not work!



Most of those logs had to be hand cut over again to save and most I did not save.
These orders were for over 200 individual log blocks of which all were hand cut 
with the rotary cutter to make sure they fit perfectly when you open your package
to stitch.  Each block was then wrapped individually and numbered.

My daughter in law took over and 'piece cut' the blocks after about 150 
blocks done by me..I taught her to put the blocks together and also to 
cut the strips...I could not have gone through the last terribly stressful weeks
without her help.  I now can do the 'big quilt' kits with her help.



These past weeks have been a struggle not to mention the stress and preperations
for the holidays but it has shown me that I just cannot keep going as I have.
It is taking a toll on my health, with each new design I receive new customers along
with my every growing faithful regular customers.

It is time for a new plan.  The next kits will have a limited number cut
BEFORE I list for sale.  Those will be offered and shipped with those who did 
not order from the mailing on a waiting list.  Those kits will be made and then
the waiting list customers will be notified and invoiced.

In this way I am always current and kitting up problems if any, will not 
have my customers waiting for shipping.

One problem with this will be postage but that is something I can deal with
and another will be customers missing out on ordering.  My next kits will 
have several designs that will only be until I have used what I have in fabric
supplies.  If you are not receiving my mailing list showing the new kits please 
message me  to be added. This is where the new diesigns and the available
kits will be offered first.. just click below and ask to be added to my 


The individual blocks (A  B C) for the Runner Kit
and (A B C D) for the Bewitched Cushion Kit are
in either plastic bags or tissue.

It is very important to not mix the logs in these packages.

Open and work on one square at a time.
More later in instructions on how to do this.


Included in your kit are the base for the log squares 
in either flannel or cotton.

The logs are numbered clockwise as to the placement 
and I have also added an arrow showing the placement

It is very important to keep all arrows pointing towards you.

Most blocks will center on the base fabric by starting the
C block (center) on the center fold of the fabric 
if not adjust as necessary to have an equal amount
of the base fabric on all sides of your square.



This is a sample of Block 'A' for the Bewitched Cushion.
Again, double check the arrows.

Assemble the logs as close together and neatly as possible.
No gaps should be seen in the log rows.

Remove placement numbers.





It is now time to pin and baste the logs.

It is important to baste and not only use pins
to keep logs in place on the base fabric while
doing the decorative stitching.

Pins tend to raise the log pieces and may go
out of place however, I have also used
long pieces of scotch tape to hold the logs 
instead of pins while basting.

I baste in large running stitches from the botton
to the top of the log keeping my basting away
from the parts where my decorative stitching  will 
hold the logs  together.




In my sample log squares of which I took these instructional photos,
I, of course, had no problems with the blocks matching in size or 
the last outside logs meeting.

Because of the rotary cutting and fitting you may find a block
that does not match when putting the four cushion blocks or the
three runner blocks together.

It is very important at this stage of the instructions to
make sure you start and stop your basting stitch on all four
outsides logs.
You may need to remove the basting and cut to fit the next to last
log in the design to have blocks match.

It is very unlikely you will need to cut to fit
but if this should happen this is the way to fix the problem.

THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT
PART OF THE INSTRUCTIONS IN 
STITCHING THE LOG SQUARES.

WHEN DOING THE DECORATIVE STITCHING 
STAY ONE HALF INCH IN FROM THE
EDGE OF THE LOG SQUARES on all four outside logs.

The stitching is finished in these areas once your blocks are put 
together.  The decorative stitching is what holds the blocks 
together.  If your blocks need to be trimmed to size or when
stitching the bindings or backings you mistakenly snip
the starting threads of your decorative stitching
the floss will unravel once your piece is finished.
.


Open, place and baste all four blocks in the cushion
or if you are stitching the log runner, the three blocks

It is at this point you would check to see if the blocks
on the last outside log match or will  need adjustment.

The above photo is of  the cushion, blocks are
turned to have the light part of the log squares
meet in the center.
The rows of logs should match in the center
to form straight up and down lines.
I have adjusted the layout from the 
regular log cabin to use the last dark logs
as a border.  These should line up
as one long row.

If adjustments are necessary (fingers crossed not!)
remove basting from last log and cut to adjust
the next log to fit.
If you cut the last row log in the example
of the cushion above, this will make 
the dark logs which will make the 
border to the cushion squares uneven.





This photo shows the two areas where blocks need to match.

Once your blocks are matching it is time to 
enjoy the stitching!

I have used the herringbone stitch but you may 
use your favourite stitch or many types of decorative stitches.



Once your blocks are sized and the decorative stitching
is finished, it is time to stitch the blocks together,
either four blocks for the cushion or
three blocks for the runner.

This technique is very similar to the lap quilting
 popular in the 80's and 90's.

Keep the excess base fabric on one block
usually the left block and trim
excess to 1/8 inch less than the log strip
on the right block.






Match up logs, pin and baste making 
sure the excess fabric base under the
top blocks is pinned back so as to not
catch  your decorative stitching.

Stitch block A to B for the cushions

Continue with block C and D for cushions.

If you are stitching the runner continue
as above with block C to form the runner.





Once your two row block for the cushion or
the three row blocks for the runner are together,
it is time to finish the base seams on the back.

Cut excess base fabric to have enought to 
fold under, pin and slip stitch.




The cushion blocks will be hidden and
it is your choice to finish or not.

If you are using a lining along with binding
the runner, this step also may not be necessary

Please note Options at the end of the instructions.





Stitch the base only to the edge of the log squares



Complete these steps to add the second row 
blocks C and D to the cushion.




Trim excess base fabrics on both cushion and runner



Complete stitching on logs where needed.

This step is completed before adding
linings, backing and bindings,
however please keep in mind when
stitching the seams to not trim the edge of
the logs as this will break the threads.




Complete the Bewitched Cushion with
adding a back, turn, stuff and enjoy!





Complete the Scrappy Log Cabin Table Runner with 
trimming the logs even, adding a lining and binding.




The Scrappy Log Cabin Pot Holders 
are very simple.
Complete steps as for assembling the log blocks.
Add lining and binding.




The Set of Four 
Scrappy Log Cabin Pot Holders 
are cut with freezer paper templets
attached using numbers and arrows
as placement.

Assemble, remove freezer templates
and stitch using your choice of
decorative stitching.

The oval shape of the pot holders are
pre-cut with the design.




I have included a binding of heavier weight
fabric for the old and antique look
to these pot holders however,
you may use any binding of your choice
if you find working with the heavier
strips difficult.

The binding fabric has rows which 
act as lines for the sttiching of the binding.

Trim excess base and lining fabrics,
attach bindings and your 
Scrappy Pot Holders are ready to 
enjoy!

Please note and be mindful of the edges
of the pot holders when stitching and
trimming for the linings and bindings

to NOT CUT the edges of the pot holders
and break the decorative stitching threads





Other Thoughts and Options

I like the look of the herringbone stitching showing on the back
of the base and I have used this on the pot holders and 
no lining materials.  
You may uses your choice of print fabrics as bases for
the log squares to emiminate lining the runner and pot holders.

Another option is to use lining and add quilting with the
same shade of threads as the decorative stitching.

This is called 'stitching in the ditch quilting'.

Adding quilting will 'puff' the logs for a
pleasing effect to the log design.

Adding the blocks together before the
decorative stitching is added is another option
however, be careful not to catch your stitching
in the fold over areas of the base.

It is possible to baste all blocks, finish
the base stitching 
(slipstitching block bases together)
however I found it much easier and quicker
to stitch one block at a time.

I'm always here to help and answer questions
I can be contacted HERE via email and
I ask your patience with replies as it seems
I'm always behind on emails.

The new kits of a Log Cabin Quilt are a 'GO"!

They willl be sold per block which allows
customers a choice of size and what to make
be it one small cushion, runner, lap quilt etc.

Thank you all for your patience, support
and understanding through my 
'growing pains'

Patterns are coming this month along
with a few other designs and 
need I say..
a big relief for me..
.
FAST DELIVERY!!!!

Happy Stitching!
cee


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And the first kits of the wool log cabins will be ready.
This IS NOT the log cabin quilt kit.

I had such fun working up the design I thought 
I would make a few 'smalls' with the log cabin
wool technique.
So very simple, everything will be cut for you.
Open your package, follow the numbered template,
thread your needle and stitch!

I will be doing the step by step
instructions here on my blog.

Of course there will be pot holders...
I love the antique pot holders from patchwork but
at 100 dollars and up for one ..
I'm making my own!


These are not yet bound and pressed but
I am pleased with them.

I will not be listing these on Etsy
when they are ready to go.
They will go to my mailing list first
and then here on the blog.
These kits will be difficult to judge 
combined shipping which I would
need to do with an Etsy listing and so
I will do these kits with sending a 
paypal invoice.
If there are kits left,
I may add a few to my Etsy Shop and
then refund the extra postage but
I cannot do that with a large quantity of orders.
Way too complicated for my simple math skills!


It has been a very stressful three weeks!
I unfortunately came down with the nasty cold/flu
that is making the rounds.
Secondary infection and three weeks of feeling terrible
has pushed the Mamie, Matilda and Dee kits a 
week late in shipping.
Everything else is up to date and in the post.
The remaining orders will be finished in a few days
and in the post.


Recently I have had many requests to sell only patterns.

It is really something I do not want to do,
I would like at this point to just design
a limited amount of  kits 
 and then design again.

Most of my designs come with patterns attached
with freezer paper and you already have the pattern.
along with your kit.

You may make more of my design to sell the finished
item or for your own use but 
please, please I ask you give me credit as the designer
of the pattern.

And I have learned a very important lesson
from last months kits.



Of course, it did have much to do with not feeling well
but I have found bringing kits back 
a second time around is pure 'drugery' for me.
No fun, nothing exciting, just endless 
cutting, cutting and cutting
packing and packing.

Thank goodness I could play with
the new log kits!

And so this is the last time designs will come back.
Once they are sold and/or a 
new design takes their place they are 
and will be forever retired.

I  have left the listings up for last month 
in my Etsy shop but
they will be retired in a few days when 
the logs are ready to go.

So.. absolutely last chance for the
Marriage Rug
Christmas Stockings
Mamie, Matilda and Dee
Heart'n Hands and
The Salmon Rug

My thoughts..
THANK GOODNESS!!!
I want to play with my log cabins now!


I will be very pleased not to cut more of those
leaves and hands.

I will wait a few days if anyone doesn't want
to miss on these kits and please remember
the two to three week shipping times.
I really want to play with my logs now!

Thank you everyone for your patience and kind words.
Next post will be the instructions for the
log cabin technique.

If you would like frist chance at the
log kits please 
with your email address 
to be added to my mailing list.

the kits will be there for a few days
however if you would like a 
break on shipping just message 
at the above email and I will
invoice you throught paypal.

Oh my.. time for more meds..
Have a wonderful week everyone!!

Happy Stitching!
cee

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It's been a long six weeks of 
cutting hands and leaves.

I am relieved to know the 
Heart'n Hands is retired
and..
Mamie, Matilda and Dee
have arrived in


Mamie and Dee 
are the exact 
same patterns but the colours
of pennies, the thread,
the base shade and fabric
give a totally different look.
Mamie and Dee are 
set out with a 2 inch penny.



Matilda has the same shades 
as Mamie but using a 
one and one half inch 
penny base.

I won't go into details of the kits as 
they are well described in my Etsy Shop Listings

These rugs were stitched back in 2009
and I thought it would be fun to 
bring a limited number back
as kits along with a few
of this past years
favourites 
shown below as I ramble on
about my 'failures' with the 
dye pots.



I've never offered the bags of pennies
in three sizes...above is just one 
example of the type of rug that 
could be stitched with the 
Winter Blues bag of pennies.

A large rug requires the 2-inch penny
however, 
I will not be offering the aged
dyed string any time soon.


It's been many years of dyeing the string
It came out perfect.. many of you have
used my string in kits .

I just cannot seem to get a good
batch from the dye pot.
My last three times were complete
failures.
The string for the Salmon Kit
The string for a few of the Marriage Rugs
now listed in my shop 
and..


Of course when I brought back a few 
of the 
Christmas Stocking Kits 
I needed to dye string.

I dyed as always.. spotted..
some areas dark, some the dye
completely did not take in the string.

What to do..I could not just 
discard all of those hanks of string.

I could not overdye again
as they would be almost 
dark brown and black.

The dyed needed to be 
removed...
and so..
the sink was filled with
very hot water and ...


Oxyclean crystals
an overnight soak and 
rinse, rinse, rinse, 
rinse, rinse
and back in the dye pot.

Still not a uniform dye job.. so
back in the oxy and the 
bit about the rinse again..

Back in the dye pot and 
yes, this time it worked!!!

I have not a clue what I am 
doing wrong but whatever
is wrong is very time-consuming!


The close up above is of the Dee Rug
Notice the smaller penny
bottom left.. a shade somewhat
as thousand island dressing.
This is the shading the 
oxyclean will give
why I am not sure.. it does not
remove colour to the original shade.
The amount of colour removed 
depends on how long it is
soaked in the water and crystals.
but...
and this is the interesting part..


Oxyclean also works on wool!!!

It does not affect the strength of 
the wool .. we always think
of bleach as a test for wool.

The oxy just slightly removes
and dulls the colours of the wool. 
.
I have soaked ready made rugs in 
the Oxyclean.
Just be sure to rinse well and
 wash with a mild detergent.

When time permits I need to 
investigate (play)
further with the 
wool and oxyclean.

I can see many possibilities!


The photo above shows a few of the vintage cottons
I will use in the Dee Rug Kit
I know I actually 'shout to you' in the listing
but I should say again.

Please do not order this kit if you do not
enjoy working with very worn and thin textiles
and frayed pennies.

If you have a tub of the oxclean
and  scraps of dyed
wool.. give it a try..
watch the soak time by watching
the colour change and rinse
as soon as it looks good.

oh.. those pretty white dye pots..
fill with water 
heat as normal and add 
a bit of oxy..
sparkling whites!

My last kit this fall will probably be the
log cabin quilt kits.

They require a lot of dyed blanket 
wool in many shades..
but thankfully..
no string.

Thank you all for reading my ramblings
As always kits are very limited..

Wishing all a very relaxing and enjoyable fall weekend
and..
Happy Stitching!
cee
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Finally, the two new kits are finished!
It has been quite a struggle with the 
hands and fish rugs because
the rugs in my mind
are not how they eventually finished.

Colleen and I have a saying when
a rug gives us problems.
'The rug will tell you what it needs.'

They did but the Salmon played
tricks on me and the 
Heart'n Hands stayed silent for
two weeks!



Most designs I can actually 'see' the finished rug 
in my mind..just choosing the shades of wool
and tweaking patterns and sizes
mostly I have trouble with shades of wool.

I wanted aged red threads on antique black wool
for the Salmon.
The Salmon stayed silent until it was time
to stitch him and then of course..
The red string with salmon wool..
looked terrible!
Not to mention cutting and stitching large
tongues that also did not work!
I could have finished and completed
four rugs in the time it took to complete
this one!



The Heart'n Hands also stayed silent..
I stitched and then did the 10 foot rule
I removed and started over..
I actually stitched one hand three times!
I discovered I had the thumb pointing the wrong way.
I can't believe I removed that hand and 
stitched it on again with the thumb the wrong way!



My husband is a huge Star Trek fan.
As I was stitching the rug I really wanted
to do the fingers of one hand as Spock
had done with the Vulcan Salute.
Now that would have been an 
interesting story for the rug!

But I resisted.. and so 
the story of this rug is
dedicated to a wonderful
facebook group of early
artisans and craftspersons.



I am asked often why I do my rugs.
What makes me reproduce rugs and not
early quilts or other textiles..
I have a love of everything early in
the textile arts but the penny rugs
have my heart.
Words cannot explain but 
that feeling in my heart is 
worked with my hands.
I'm sure many feel the same way.

We collect and long for the homes of 
a hundred years.. to open the door and
step back in time surrounded by 
things our heart loves and 
possessions we cherish.

We just cannot explain to someone that 
lives with modern.  Lucky is the partner
that shares the love .. the leather recliner
and big screen tv can be a problem.



Suzanne Kizis has created a group on facebook
Many of the artisans chosen in the
Early American Life Directory 
are there as well as other very
talented artisans, collectors and 
those who understand the meaning

The love in our hearts of the old
we created with our hands.

Please check Suzanne's group
on facebook, we are almost
1000 strong with the love of
early American life and wares.



The fish rug too has a story.
This rug will go to my son, Lucas.

Growing up Lucas could not wait for fishing season.
I remember one year on opening day.. it snowed.
Lucas bundled up with his rod and reel, tackle box
snow boots and parka.. on his bicycle he goes to 
the favourite fishing hole.

Salmon fishing was a very important way of life
here on the Medway.
Most caught their yearly catch, betting who
would be first and second the weight.
Salmon planked suppers, fishermen in waders
watching the skill with the fly rods are a
part of history as our beautiful
Medway is now closed to salmon fishing.

This rug is for my son..
the only salmon he will catch from our 
Medway River and I hope
when he tells the story of the rug
it will be a few tall tales of 
growing up as a boy 
fishing on the 
Medway.



Both kits are now listed 

I will not go into details of the kits as
they are in the listings.

The Heart'n Hands is a bit different for a kit
It is one 'we'.. you and I..
design together..
Change the design
Emblish with embroidery
Add your own dates and initials.. or not
Make it your own design
from
Your Heart to Your Hands



Quanties are very limited with these kits.
Due to the antique black backgrounds
 I can offer more than my usual number
of kits.

My mailing list went out yesterday and 
Heart'n Hands sold out over night.
I have added 6 more kits... 
after those are sold it will be a waiting list
only depending on the wool I have left for
the hearts and hands.

Thank you Everyone 
for reading my ramblings..
as always.. I wish you..

Happy Stitching!
cee
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Would anyone but Cee
unravel the throw shown
above to use as threads?
 
A recent find at my local
thrift shop yesterday.
I knew it was not wool but
could not resist bringing it
home with me.
 
This morning I unraveled
the threads, tested and
they are absolutely
perfect for my new kit!
 
They stitch very 'fuzzy'
and will be a perfect
shade for the new
Heart and Hands Kit
being released in a
few days.
 
Just remember to not
'fluff' your fabric in
the dryer before you
unravel.
This was continued from my
last blog posting and
so I thought you may like to
see an actual piece I am using
for the thread.
 

 
I have also listed in my
a few of the sample rugs
from the previous month's kits.
A few have already sold as
I write this blog post.
 


And a few more..
I have decided to list my original
Ned and Jake as well.
 
 
A short posting today as the new
kits await stitching.
 
I absolutely love when the design
is done..the wool is dyed and
the stitching and finishing
brings a rug together!
 
Next blog post will introduce
the new kits.
 
My mailing list goes out first with
new items and this past month
a special listing only
available to my mailing list.
 
If you are not on my mailing list
please email me
and I will add to my list.
 
If you are on my list you
would have received a
mailing today.
 
Happy Stitching to All
I know it will be an
enjoyable few days for Cee!
 
 

 


 

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I receive many questions on the making of
penny rugs and although I have stitched and
designed rugs for over 20 years.
I am not an expert, but I do know
There are no 'right' or 'wrong' ways to stitch a 
penny rug.
This rug was stitched for an upcoming video on 
'Questions and Answers'
on cutting, stitching, threads etc.

If you have questions please leave a comment
on my blog and I will 
do my best to include your answer
in the video



My original 'sample' rug above has 
many 'flaws', it is much easier to show
'what not to do' and how to correct
the problem rather than to show a 'near' 
perfect rug then explain how it will 
look if you skip steps or 
techniques.




It is a very simple rug to stitch.
The stitching and techniques are the same as
the videos showing the candle mat construction
just add a few more rows of pennies in the
center for the length of the rug and then
adding rows to size the rug.

To view my Youtube Videos




Threads are my age dyed string as
 used in most of my kits.
The stitch is almost the same as the regular
blanket stitch with the exception of 
inserting your needle on an angle to
make the 'v' shape instead of the 
regular up and down of the blanket stitch.
There are many tutorials available 
if you google 
Closed Banket Stitch or 
Closed Buttonhole Stitch.




What a difference the stitch makes to 
the look of this rug!
It reminds me of lace.
It looks a bit 'elegant' although..




One doesn't really think of 'elegant'
when working with plaid woolens.
Yes, those pennies are all plaid woolens 
from the leftover scraps of the 
plaid bundles previously
 offered for sale. 





A regular blanket stitch would not give
this rug the same 'look'.
Solid colour pennies, even with the 
closed blanket stitch,
would not give this rug the same 'look'.





To stitch this rug showing predominately
the plaid fabrics in the pennies,
use a thread and stitch that 'blends' or 
softens the look of the fabrics and/or
colours in the rug.
A two strand DMC floss would
stitch a completely different style
rug using the exact same
 pennies in this kit.
Different shades of floss.. again
another look, however, I would not
recommend different shades of thin
or heavier threads because there
comes a time in a rug design
when 
'too much' 
is 
'too much'
Too much colour, texture etc.

Tone down fabrics and/ or colours by
making the thread and stitch the main
design focus of your rug.
Tone down the threads and stitching to
make the colours of the pennies the 
main focus in the design.

Simple right?
It definitely IS fun
to experiment with threads
 and stitches.




This very easy and simple kit
is now available in my
until the new
Applique Kits are ready.

Kits are complete with
pre cut plaid pennies
base and lining cottons and
a generous amount of my
age dyed string thread.

A large runner measuring
approximately 
12 by 23 inches.

Just open your package
thread your needles and
enjoy the stitching!

Remember..
thread is anything that is 
strong enough to stitch, be it
a frayed piece of fabric, yarn,
burlap, or a ball of common string.

Fabric for pennies is just that..
wool, cottons, synthetics.
The 'look' of the fabric makes
your design and not the
content label.

Most of all, have fun
think creatively.

Again, if you should have
any penny rug questions
please leave in the 
comments
I'll do my best to help!

Happy Stitching!
cee

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The 'best-laid plans of mice and 'cee' 
often go awry.

My website is 'on hold'
What was I thinking??
The perfectionist that I am,  would never
be content with anything but complete
control ..and so it is back to learning
about HTML and  gradually
working on the new site over
the summer months.

And so.. new kits are now listed 
in my Etsy Shop.


I have finally caught up with past work.
It has been a struggle with the 
Marriage Rug and the
Old'n Aged/Worn kits.

Kits and orders are shipped and 
on their way ..videos are 'live' for
the kit instructions.

I take pride in my work and in
delivering a quality and simple to
stitch and understand product.
One that will look as close to
the original as possible.

I thought you may enjoy seeing what
happens 'behind the scenes'
with the making of the kits.

The Making of the Old Penny Rugs - YouTube

Not all kits are this 'labour intensive' but
most involve hand cutting pennies, tongues,
bases, dyeing wool once or twice.
setting out each and every order,
packing and finally shipping.
Over the last two months I have
hand cut thousands of pennies 
and tongues, dye pots most every day
and long hours most days.
But...
I enjoy each and every minute!
I'm ready to do it all over again
for the new 
May Kits!



I have had many requests to
bring back a beginner design
 Candle Mat Kit

I have not one.. but two
this month.
A Large Candle Mat Kit
with the same amount of stitching
as the two mats kit in
darker shades highlighted by
several shades of browns with
the top penny.
This one has something new..
Knotted in each penny center as
the old knotted quilts.


The second kit is very similar to the 
original kit a year ago.
Two little mats but with a larger
top penny design in a hit and miss
shading of muted, soft age dyed colours.

Both kits have the same amount of stitching
and are very easy to make up if you
have never made a penny rug.

My videos are there and so am I
to help you complete your first rug.


The 'main' learning kit' this month is my
Grandmother's Flower Garden Rug
A kit designed with a base of 
2 inch pennies.
Large rugs are of course the same process
as the smaller rugs but a few
tips and tricks make these larger
rugs easy and simple to stitch.

This will be the learning videos for June.
I will go through a step by step
video series dealing with these
larger rugs.
I am 'totally pennied out' and so
I am offering a simple to 
'dye, cut and pack'
for me as a 2 inch rug kit this month
so you can stitch and follow the videos.


This is an excellent rug design to 
learn the makings of a large penny rug.
It only 'looks' complicated.

I would like to thank my family
Lucas and his Dad will be 
cutting the pennies for these kits.



My family has also cut 
thousands of plaid pennies just for you.

Left over scraps from the wool bundles
became pennies of many plaids.

A lifetime of collecting plaids and
a great idea to add to your plain
pennies and woolens for
not only an amazing 
'one of a kind'
penny style rug but also
for smaller projects with
plain woolens.

If you have purchased the previous
package of cut pennies 
these will work well as they
were all dyed with the same process.

and finally...



As I have previously mentioned 
I did not want to stitch another
of the 
Marriage Rugs 
to use in the instructional videos.
Instead I dyed vintage plaid lap blankets
(what will I do with those fringes)
to stitch the Plaid Tongue Rug
as shown above.

The videos are finished and the 
Plaid Kits are ready to go.
This has two rows, less stitching
but still a beautiful and unique rug.

I have used the onion dye and
hand/water pressing technique 
to finish the rug.
It does make such a difference as
the photos show of this rug.

Next month...
definitely applique designs
I'm 'pennied out'!
I hope you enjoy!

I would also like to wish everyone a 
Safe and Happy Memorial Day
Weekend

We in Canada had our long holiday
weekend last week.

Thank you also for your
patience with emails and 
long shipping wait times
plus all other ways I am 
continously behind 
day after day.

I am an organized perfectionist living
in an unperfect disorganized life.

But.. I'm trying each and every day.

Happy Stitching and
Have a wonderful weekend
with your family and
friends.

cee


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Hello Everyone!
So much has happened since my last posting.
We still have snow although it is very muddy
and dirty patches, it has been a winter to forget!
My worst winter here in the old house since we
moved in 1988.  Housebound and ice build up
which made for leaking roofs was the reason for
the wool bundles listings.
It is very difficult to even think but I do have
too much wool and vintage textiles from my
years as a 'hoarder'. I am starting with the plaids
but will continue with vintage linens, so many
of the old chenille bedspreads, antique quilt scraps,
vintage cottons, not to mention the old books..
oh my the books!



New Kits for April are the Old'n Worn and Old'n Aged
I am very pleased with these kits...I believe in look
and age they compare to the woolens in the Marriage Rug Kits.
They look and feel as if they are 100 years old and that is my
goal with my rugs and work..to create a piece that most would 
believe is an antique. 
 To make the rug simple and easy to reproduce 
in kit for so many will not only 'own' a rug just as my original
but 'make' a rug just as my original and proudly display.
When people inquire about the rug .. and they will..
you will say.. I stitched the rug!
That is where I want to go with this new kit and future kits.



I will not go into details about the new kits as they are in the
 videos and in my Etsy Shop.. 
I have news and happenings to cover in this post
and I do not want to bore you with long readings.

In the next few weeks I will remove all except a few listings and
 sell only on my new website.  New listings will go to the website with
 whatever is left of kits and listings from the
 previous month listing on Etsy.
I do not like Etsy as a format for selling, I will have more control
 from the website with the ability to add video with the listing.

To be aware of new listings I will use my mailing list first and
then post here to the blog and my facebook page.

If you have not received the mailing yesterday and would like
to be added to my mailing list just send me a quick message 

Those on my mailing list will view the items one day ahead of
blog post subscribers.  New items were posted on Etsy yesterday
already half of the 'one of a kind' penny rugs have sold.

I do have two more of my special rugs to list .
Again two favourites that I really did not want to part with but
what does one do with so many rugs?



Hey Kitty Kitty will be listed tomorrow morning in my Etsy Shop.
She is a beauty!
195.00 plus 8.00 shipping



Roosters At Sunrise
will also be listed tomorrow morning in my Etsy Shop
Many, many years ago I published 3 patterns,
 this was the original made for the pattern design.
195.00 plus 8.00 shipping

Both are large rugs and are shown in the new videos I have
recently uploaded.



And finally the last of the new listings for April
are the woolen bundles in three variations of all wool,
wool blends and squares of scraps.
Plaids are to rug hooking what one of those
really old soft army blankets are to us penny ruggers.
These would be a great learning tool for new rug hookers,
how to know a plaid will hook in a rug always amazed me
when I would see those sample charts.
These are great for small projects not to mention 
a very special one of a kind penny rug!



I have left the best news for last!

I will go back to teaching later this year!
My website has the option of a secure area for groups and so
I will be holding a penny rug class on my website along with
kits ONLY for classes.

I also find I do need to change the structure of designing and selling kits.
I find myself spending too much time cutting and packing 
to stitch and make more rugs.
This past winter has been especially difficult with 
Ned and Jake and the Marriage Rug.

I will try something new with the May offerings.
I will only offer as many kits as will be cut from one dye batch.
A dye batch for me is one day filling the top of my stove with
two canner pots of dyed woolens.
Natural dyes 'must' stay overnight in the dye pot.
Depending on the rug design and size will have fewer
kits available in one design and hopefully this will
speed shipping and give me time to create and design more
kits per month which is what I 'really love' to do.

Whew.. long post..perhaps with lesser amounts and more
creations to show, I also will blog more and write less!

Thank you everyone for staying with me to read to the end..
I do ramble..
I also would like to thank everyone for the wonderful compliments
and comments here on the blog, through personal emails, 
Etsy and Facebook.
I am not comfortable living in cyberspace...still a flip phone and
full size computer for this girl and so sometimes I do miss replies and
other things.. this is me.. I'm working on being organized and 
aquiring one of those pad carry around devices .. 
bits at a time 'to do's' and
less time to talk to type as they do these days..
amazing technology..

Happy Stitching to All
Next post (fingers crossed)  
The New Website

cee
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