After making the wool eggs that I showed you in my last post, I decided that I would make a penny mat.
I have worked with wool in the past and have found it very fun and easy,
but never have made a penny mat.
I have only admired everyone else's!
I actually bought a little kit for this one so I would have a pattern and the instructions for future reference.
And here it is.....
(I put in on this big wooden charger so it could be seen on my black table)
To be honest, I struggled just a little bit.
It's not that it was difficult.
I think it's because I tried too hard.
Or maybe it's because I don't follow instructions well, or possibly,
because I feel compelled to do my own thing.....
I don't know, but there is probably some medication that helps people with problems such as this.
The instructions had me trace the pattern onto freezer paper (brilliant!). The circle pattern had a large circle with a smaller circle inside it.
The smaller circle was to be cut out from the larger circle......so I had 16 "donuts" and 16 "donut holes".
Then, they were arranged as seen above. The problem I found was that the little circles weren't necessarily the same size as the holes. The wool did stretch as I blanket stitched it into place but they smaller circles appear to be "sunk into" the larger ones.
Is this the way it's supposed to be?
I always assumed that the smaller circles were on top of the large circles.
Mine seems to lack the dimensional look that I have seen before.
Anyway, it is what it is.
I still like it.
And, I will more than likely try making another one.
That is, after all of you professional penny mat makers, impart your wisdom and knowledge unto me.
Ahhhh. Much better.