Saturday, June 2, 2012

My inspiration for this penny rug was my friend, Barbara, who I recently saw during my trip to Virginia!  We ate lunch at the Martha Washington Inn at Mount Vernon and while shopping in the beautiful gift shop I found this cute pie bird with a cherry on his chest!  He now has a special home!  The penny rug design is called "Blackbird Pie" from Leisure Arts book on "Quick and Easy Penny Rugs".  I had just the perfect wool for the pie crusts!  My friend, Karen, found this piece for me to be used on a previous winter project.  Thank goodness there was enough for my crust!  The rug is about 20 inches in diameter.  I may sew some black buttons in the center of some of the pennies.  Wouldn't that be great!  


  1. Debbie -- it came out beautifully -- so happy that the pennies worked out just right.. and I LOVE the little pie crust slits that you embroidered ! They are darling and top the pie off just right. More wool is in the mix soon as we prepare for fall classes {wink, wink}...


  2. I LOVE the pie bird rug. I would love to have it to display at our upcoming Pie Bird Collectors gathering.
    Do you sell your needlework? -Steph

  3. Hello,

    Thank you for your nice comments! I some times sell my pin cushions and bird make do's. The pie bird penny rug took quite some time to make. I used Perle Cotton embroidery thread and did the buttonhole stitch around everything. Let me know what you think.

  4. Hi. I think the Pie Bird Rug is really great. How much would you part with it for? - Steph Thanks