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Thread: Penny rugs

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    Does anyone else on here make penny rugs? Have you ever used regular felt instead of wool felt? I love to make these, but have a terrible time, I am allergic to wool. Wondering if reg. cheaper felt holds up as well or if it fades over time.
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    that is so cute!! I've never sen those before, but I have heard of penny rugs. What about the acrilics that are wool like, or ultra sueade? I know I spelled those wrong, but can"t make the brain work tonight.LOL

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    I very allergic to wool, also. Our LQS had a new wool felt and gave us samples. Lovely hand to it and I had no reaction to it.

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    How much wool did the felt the shop gave you have? I am allergic to wool also, so am looking for an alternative. Thanks

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    the acrylic (wool) craft felt would be ok to use if you are not going to make something that will be washed...they do not hold up with washing...maybe gently rinsing by hand...but they are more for crafts that do not get laundered. marcus brothers puts out felted wool bundles that are only about 35% wool, they may be a better option. there are always alternatives...i have seen some beautiful penny rugs made with good quality double sided flannel, and homespuns. you do not have to use wool, some fleeces, and micro-fleece fabrics would make wonderful pennyrugs and they do not fray either...
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    That picture is so cute! I wonder if a shop near you might let you have a sampletoo, just to see?

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    Thank you everyone for your advice, I'm going to try each one. I like to use my penny rugs as table toppers, so I'm going to try an acrylic one. Never would have thought of using homespuns, that would be the perfect primitive look.

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    That is so pretty. I had never heard of them before.

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    cute

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    I "LOVE" your pattern!! :thumbup: Yes, my Mother & I make these quite often, but we always use the felted wool. Of course we aren't allergic to it. I also make candle mats. My Mom just received a new pattern, in the mail today, for a felt table runner. I can't wait to see her get started on it!! These projects are so fun. I wish you luck making yours!!
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    Here is my first pattern ready to stitch together from the book. For this one I used all acrylic felt. The next one I plan to use felt and homespun with yo-yos around the outside.
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    here's the latest one i made, it has a wool background, some of the appliques are wool, some flannel and homespuns.
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    I made a penny rug about 10 years ago out of felt, it hasnt faded yet. I love wool, and thankfully,Im not allergic to it, so I use it on most of the ones I make now. You can use anything you want tho, I have made some with flannel, upholstry samples, and wool felt. I really like your pattern!

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    I like that one ckcowl,very nice colors, you've done a great job with the stitches. I never thought about using flannel, that would be prettier than acrylic. So far I've only made 3 penny rugs and my stitches are still not very even. I just love the look of these rugs, cozy and primitive country.

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    wow, awesome penny rugs, I have seen them at the fiber shows

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    Aw cute, you guys!Ky girl, I love those cats!

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    If using the acrylic fabrics or polyester fabrics be very careful putting hot pans on them... they melt...

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    Thanks Leota, I've already learned not to iron acrylic, still scraping the burnt off my iron. Got to remember to store it lying flat not folded. lol.
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    If using the acrylic fabrics or polyester fabrics be very careful putting hot pans on them... they melt...

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