Thursday, 16 August 2018

Rose & Bird Penny Rug

Penny Rugs developed around the time of the civil war in North America, and were yet another example of the ingenuity born of thrift and scarcity of materials. There is little history available, as the rugs showed the makers poverty or need, and therefore were not highly esteemed. The name comes from the shapes of the cut pieces. When William Morris set up the Arts and Craft movement to preserve and advocate such skills and traditions, the popularity of the rugs resurged. Now, of course, we value such resource and imagination and Penny Rugs have become more popular than ever.
This is the original...
And this is the new...
I've finally finished upgrading the pattern to make it a PDF download in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Just a friendly reminder to all friends of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers, that our next meeting will be in Warrandyte next Saturday 28th July, 10ish
All welcome.


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Rug Group Day at Loch

You can see Chris's grandchildren rugs on the wall behind me.
Today Anne, Katherine and I (Robyne) took a trip to Loch for our get together in Chris's lovely home near the gorgeous hills of Western Gippsland. It's always a nice drive and this autumn weather was just perfect.
Chris worked on her big (huge) rug, clocking up hundreds of hours so far. It's going to be amazing when she at last detaches it from it's frame. Note to self: Be there when she does, with a loud hooter or some drums! And cake!
Katherine began her Magpie Rug with a lesson from Chris, and me butting in the whole time with helpful advice. I blame the cups of coffee I'd fortified myself with after the drive. And it's great to be back at Group Days such a long time away with family committments. Combo. Katherine has her newly constructed PVC pipe frame off and running too, and seems to have her hooking sorted! Being a knitter, she has tension well ingrained.
Anne Will Finish Her Hooked Carpet-Wool Rug At Some Point! Just as I Will Finish My Footy Rug! We at least work on them at our monthly gathering.
Unfortunately one of Joy's family had the bad manners to be born on this date, probably years ago, so she was forced to celebrate with them and was missing from action. A poor excuse!
I brought my new Penny Rug (just cut out) along for advice from the Gals. Who were very helpful. I couldn't see for looking anymore, to make decisions.
It's a design I have for sale on Etsy. However, my original version (as seen in the Etsy pic) was made with some inferior felt and it literally fell apart with use! I have dyed a few pieces of woollen blanket for the backgrounds and we lay it out in varous combinations. I can take bits on the train to stitch and use up some stash at the same time (bit hard with hookies). We agreed with which background colours to use, so that made me feel better. Feel free to share your thoughts! They both look good, but I'm thinking the plum-brown with the green peeking out from under will suit our bedroom. Both look good I think. We think.
It's lovely to share our food and company. We welcome any newcomers or old usuals. If you are interested, please put a comment on the blog or email
From all of us. xxx

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug Makers


The next meeting of the Yarra Valley Rug makers will be held on Saturday 28th April at Chris' home in Loch. All welcome.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

March meeting of the Yarra Valley Rugmakers

The next meeting of the Yarra Valley Rugmakers will be held in Warrandyte on Saturday  24th March around 10 am.
All welcome.
Please leave a message if you have not been before and would like to attend.
Hope to see you there

Friday, 19 January 2018

Our first meeting of the year in the fair hills of the Yarra valley ranges

What a pleasure it was to get together this January in Warrandyte. It seems too long since we met last year, but off course it was only a month. Present were Anne, Joy, Leanne, Anne Marie, Robyne, who we gladly welcomed back after a long abscence and me, Chris.
We had soooo much to talk about and much wisdom was spoken by the ladies in regards to happenings in our lives. I love meeting and talking with these women and as we share our joys and also our concerns we all benefit. Thank you ladies.

Joy finished her third Psalm 23 stair tread 'In the Valley' and started whipping her rugs, being 3/4 finished on one rug by the end of the day. It's amazing what you can achieve in a day.

Both Anne Marie and Chris knitted and crocheted for the day. It was time I finished the tunisian crocheted rug which had been stashed away for years. Anne Marie was knitting sox.
Nicole- Anne's daughter's 2nd proggy rug. .
Anne was working on her paisley rug and Robyne on her footy Rug, which was inspired by a drawing/doodle done by a fellow at her work, Paul Constance. He draws sport pictures all day long and they have always struck Robyne as rug-worthy. Thus her footy rug.
A great time was had by all. 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Our first meeting of the New Year 2018

Hi Ruggers
Our first meeting of the New Year will be held in Warrandyte
next Saturday 20th January.  
All are warmly welcomed.