Saturday, March 5, 2011

A first try

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 I had 16 "donuts" and 16 "donut holes".

Make sense??

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.

 And since that little black children's chair is showing in the background, I will include a larger picture. This is a re-do of a children's chair I picked up at a consignment shop many years ago. It was spray painted with a very light coat of white. The color was fine when I got it, but I recently decided to wood glue it in a few loose places and give it a new coat of paint.

Ahhhh. Much better. 
Happy Saturday. :)


rachel said...

I think your penny mat turned out great! I've never heard of cutting holes in the bigger circles either...i thought they were layered on too. Looks good though! :) Have a great weekend!

Kimberly said...

Love it! I've never seem them made that way though, with the donut holes! Intereating...

And the little purse was probably the same one you saw... it had an owl face on the fromt with buttons for eyes but we just didn't have the right supplies to turn it into an owl. Maybe next time, is we attempt it again!

Loafer Mountain Primitives said...

Looks great!
I've also never heard of that method....
But then I've never made a penny mat before :0}......

Beckyjean said...

Love the penny mat!! You did a great job on it.

Your little chair is just prim perfect & I love the pillow on it!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I am loving this penny! The ones I've seen are layered.That is interesting, isn't it?
Anyway---are you planning to do more of these? How long did it take?
Love that little chair, very prim!

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I think the dounut hole concept was the kit makers way of saving fabric and charging you more! I have that same design cut out - not from a kit and I cut large circles and small circles - no holes in the large circles though and it does give more dimension- yours looks great anyway!

Gayle said...

Your penny rug turned out GREAT! Like the others - I have never heard of making donuts for a penny rug - very unusual! Next time try it the other way and see if it's easier for you.

Jen said...

I love your penny mat, it looks great! I've never made one but thats on my want to try list. I always thought they were layered also. Love the chair, I have a chair thing :0) have a great day!
~The Olde Willow~

Julie said...

Looks great!! I have never done the donut hole way. I just cut circles and layer them. I love the look of penny mats, but find them pretty time consuming. You did a great job!! :) Have a great weekend. Julie

Katherine said...

Your mat is gorgeous, and I love the way you have it all layered up on your black table.

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Well, yaw, me too! I mean I've never heard of the donut hole way either! lol But I've only made a few and they have all been layered. Looks like it was WAY more work to do it this way! It's pretty and I love it with the candle on it. Makes me want to get with it and do myself another one! I am in love with the little chair and can't help but wonder if it was originally a rocker?
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