Rug hookers, seamstresses, and all who love traditional textile crafts will delight in this book, examining a much-loved but little-published historic art form of penny rugs. Learn the history of penny rugs, how they were made, and where they originated, illustrated with wonderful antique examples. Color illustrated instructions walk you through basic skills to create a penny rug, with advice on materials to get you started. Patterns provide you with wonderful designs, including charming sheep, watermelon, crows, and the tulips and hearts so beloved in primitive arts. Additionally, various basic penny rug outlines will help you on your way to creating your own applique masterpieces.
Janice Sonnen has specialized in hooked rugs and penny rugs for eight years. A member of the Pennsylvania Craftsman Guild, she has been named to the Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Traditional American Crafts many times.