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.
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I've finally finished upgrading the pattern to make it a PDF download in my Etsy shop.