Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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I have always been one of those people who jump in with both feet without know whether I will land securely or fall flat on my latest experience was one of those bumpier, sore rear-end is what happened.

A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting Robin at Bittersweet Punkin. She was featuring Penny Rugs that day. I followed the links she provided and found myself falling instantly in love with a new craft. As luck would have it, I had purchased a large amount of wool items before Christmas with the intention of felting them and making some purses and stockings. It was now February, and here they sat, exactly the way I found them.Well, inspiration took hold of me so I got on-line and found sites that explained the felting process. I eagerly divided the basket into two loads and happily dumped them into the hot soapy water all the while dreaming of the beautiful Penny Rugs I could design from the warm earthy textures and colors.

Later that evening, I went in to take the second load out of the washer and noticed a strange electrical smell in the laundry room....."Hmmmm, what the devil is that!" Oh, no! The washer had stopped in mid spin cycle, this can not be good...."Honey, there is something wrong with the washing machine." I made this remark at about 7:00 pm.

Sometime around Midnight, after my Dear, Sweet, Adorable Hubby and I had finished disassembling the washer for the second time to clear out all of the wool fuzz that had become entangled in the pump motor, I took this photo:As I snapped the shot, I could hear Jeff Foxworthy's voice in my head...."Here's your sign!"

God love my DH's wonderfully gentle and tolerant soul. It's a wonder he didn't ring my neck on the spot or at least yell a little, but he didn't. He simply said, "The next time you decide to felt, go ahead and call the washing machine repair man." I love you, Honey! XO

Of course, in the midst of the frustation and hard son, in his typical~ everyday is a holiday type attiude~ turned the washer shell into a submarine....the lid was the hatch door:) He gave the whole project a tumbs up!

After all of the embarrassing Hoop-La, I did make a Penny Rug. I used an old quilt applique pattern called, "Crow & Stars" and I hand stitched each piece using wool thread. I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. I think of them as a pair, male and female, settled in for the evening. He is the one on the left, quietly watching over and protecting his mate. She is calmly resting, knowing that she is safe and loved....even when she sometimes acts foolishly and has to be rescued by here adoring sweetie.
BTW, a couple of days later, I discoverd the secret to felting in the washer WITHOUT destroying the appliance. Simply put the wool items into pillow covers, the ones with the zippers. This way, all of the shedding wool remains inside the bag. Simple, but priceless me!


Michelle said...

What a great husband! I've seen that look before too :) Thanks for sharing your tips, and your finished product is so nice!


Anonymous said...

Girl.. glad that wasn't my hubby. Rug looks great!

Bax said...

NOW I understand what the look is all about! *lol* My hubby would have looking at me the very same way! I love the rug! It turned out great!!


yellowfarmhouse said...

Now that's a great hubby. Sounds like something my hubs would say, who is also a patient and loving guy and who I taken through the ringer a few times.

Bee-u-tiful penny rug.

Hugs - Karen

Kathleen Grace said...

What a good hubby:>) I love the wool rug you made, It's wonderful!

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh no! I am laughing because I can see this happening here too! Your husband is a wonderful guy, and your son is gorgeous! Love the Penny rug, it's very sweet, and you'll have a story attacked to this rug to tell for years to come! I can just hear your son telling his children "well when Grandma wanted to make this rug.......and then Grandpa had to......" lol
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Cottage Contessa said...

oooppsss I meant to say attached NOT attacked !! LOL
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)


Karen said...

I LOVE the rug! I've been thinking of felting and so appreciate the tip on the washer.

Meggie said...

Oh Rhonda! What an experience! Thanks for the tip about washing the wool. Great looking rug. Your hubby is a sweetie, for sure.

Meggie said...

Oh Rhonda! What an experience! Thanks for the tip about washing the wool. Great looking rug. Your hubby is a sweetie, for sure.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I love the rug, but have never heard of a "penny rug" until now. Love the colors you chose.

Esther Sunday said...

Oh, funny here! Our hubbers do suffer with us, don't they! The rug is fab! Love, Esther

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

LOL, oh my, I've seen that look before! Thank goodness we have great husbands.

Fabulous rug! Wow! I've never heard of a penny rug!

Happy day,

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh that cracked me up! I know that look all to well! I had to show that to my DH and he got a good giggle too. Your rug came out SO cute though so it was worth it ;)


BittersweetPunkin said...

Rhonda...that is a way..thanks for the TIP and I love love love your rug!! I am still working with the pieces of felt I bought...then I'll move on to felting my own wool!

Michelle E. ~ Vintage Pastiche' said...


I'm sorry I'm laughing Rhonda, but I'm laughing WITH you! LOL!! What a great hubby you have and your rug turned out beautiful! Amazing for your first time!!


Linda said...

This is too funny. You have a sweet hubby. I've seen that look before, but mistakes do happen,hehehe:).
I love your penny rug. Linda

Mary said...

ROFL! that photo of your husband is priceless! And your son is so cute. Love the rug, though -- it's terific!

Hope said...

Now we know "the look"!! I must say though, your Penny Rug turned out great. I thought about trying to make one of those but I don't want the look!!


Mary Isabella said...

They are both treasures...Mary

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Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My! LOL! Now I understand the "look". But in the end, your penny rug looks beautiful. And on a great note for me, I had read recently about creating felt from vintage wool sweaters by using the washing machine, but did not get around to trying it. Thank you so much for finding the right way to do it for me :-)!

Hugs to you!

bj said...

Awh....sorry ya'll had to go thru this experience but sounds as if all turned out well. That rug is just precious! How large is it? And, just what is a penny rug?
hugs, bj

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Oh wow on both counts!!! What happened and the resulting project! Love it :)

farmerjulie said...

Ha!! This sounds what goes in at our house! Love it!
snd i have been wanting to do penny rugs for years! Keep the update on them!!

BellaColle said...

oh my goodness! what an adventure!! and are soo lucky to have such a sweet DH!
The finished piece is soo pretty.. XO

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Yikes! Sounds like my house.
Glad it all turned out okay.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Omigosh! This post had me laughing so hard. (Love the photos of your dh and your ds.) Glad that you explained all of this because I've been thinking of giving this a whirl myself. Looking at all of Robin's beautiful handiwork was inspiring me. Now that I'm totally in the know from reading this post, I feel confident that I can give it a try.

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