Wednesday, January 30, 2013

HOORAY!!!! The Greatest Thing for Penny Rug Enthusiasts Since Dyed Wool!!!

I have loved and been interested in making Penny Rugs for a LONG time - maybe 8 years or more!  That's when I found my first copy of the Time Life Country series of books at our little library, and saw the antique penny rugs pictures and profiled in them.

LOOK at those!!!  WOW!  And remember the one in the bottom picture, it's hanging over the back of the blue couch???  I already posted a picture of it in a previous entry, saying how I would love to make a penny rug like that one someday! :-D  Of course, I love the one in the middle picture, too, and the hexagon one in the top picture - on the page on the right! *Sigh!!*

As I saw more and more of them from favorite magazines that I collected (Country Living, Early American Life, A Primitive Place), the ones that inspired me to create them were the actual antique rugs or the truly authentic reproductions.  While I thought the "cutsie" penny rugs were pretty or cute, they didn't move me like the rugs that were created to look like they had been made 150 years ago!
As I looked around, I stumbled upon THE GREATEST penny rug artisan there is (in my mind) -- Cee Rafuse!!

First, I found her old website......
She hadn't posted anything new on it in years, but I scoured it to find any news of where she was online - did she blog?  Was she still creating rugs?  On Etsy??  I kept going back over and over to her gorgeous rugs that she had designed and sewn and sold -- I thought (and still think!) they were so perfect, each one in a different way!!!

Then to my amazement, I found her on Pinterest!! ~  I saw even MORE rugs, and some recent captions and she WAS still around -- YAY!! :-D

And while looking at her pinned rugs, what do you think I saw.....???

That's right, my first penny rug -- the very penny rug that I had seen in a google image and just had to make, with no idea that it was HER design!  That was it for me, I decided I simply MUST email her to find out where she was and if she was still creating penny rugs!!  And to my delighted surprise, she actually emailed me back! :-D  I felt like I was talking to a celebrity!!! LOL  She said she had been busy, but WAS thinking of starting to blog again, and to get back into designing and creating again, maybe even putting kits together or offering tips and techniques!  YAY, again!! :-D

So now, she has her first posts on her brand new blog, and I am SO EXCITED about it!!!
First, I love the design of her blog, the colors, her links, the pennies in the background - even the font is perfect!  But her way of writing and expressing herself is so refined and classy (which I noticed from reading her older website, as well), I love reading her thoughts!  She also finds the most amazing antique rugs to share with us, and to get her design ideas from!!  And as for her rugs, I really think they could be in a museum, they are so lovely and accurate.  She has even used real antique feed sacks for backings -- you don't get more true than that!  She has a wonderful eye for putting colors together, too..... I love going back to her Pinterest page and just looking at all those beautiful rugs!  I can't wait to see what new designs she comes up with!!  And the fact that she will be providing tips and ideas is just the icing on the cake!!  So now I have another "Favorite Places" entry for my sidebar! :-D (once I remember how to get it over there....!)

Don't wait for me to check her blog out.....

For anyone searching for flawless reproduction penny rugs, Cee is the artisan to go to first!  I told her she should publish a book -- wouldn't that be perfect?!  She is a PURIST, with a flawless attention to detail!!  I am delighted she is back, for myself, but also for the Early American community!  She is such a valuable contributor to the look and style that we are all single-mindedly searching for!!

HOORAY, Cee!!! ^-^


  1. Oooo...I LOVE penny rugs too and have them on my to-do list. I can't wait to go check out Cee's blog & pinterest. Thanks for doing the sleuthing for us!
    Smiles, DianeM

  2. I agree, Cee makes wonderful rugs! Definitely worth checking out her methods. I'm glad she's back blogging again as well!

  3. Oh well done you, and thanks for sharing the link as I had 'lost' track of Cee and was trying to find some of her penny rugs! Can't wait to check it out!
    And now i betcha you are in a spin figuring out which new rug to start!!!LOL!
    Best wishes

  4. I love penny rugs! I love the pattern of the one you made. I am going to have to check out her blog! Did I say I love penny rugs? My problem is, where do you get wool for them? All I have is felt. Is that not a good thing?

    Your excitement is getting me excited! Between you and penny rugs and Christine in stitcheries, wooo, do I have some winter projects!

    Blessings, Friend!!!! :)

  5. Hi Lisa, I love, love penny rugs.
    You have a talent to be able to make your
    penny rugs, not me.
    I LOVE reading your blog post!
    Have a blessed night,

  6. I'll have to check out her blog. It's nice you connected with someone who influenced your life. Congratulations.

  7. I love your blog, is there any way I can subscribe via e-mail? Thanks in advance, Dawn E. Brown