Bonnie Sullivan, a folk
artist from Salem Oregon, has been painting, quilting, and
designing American arts and crafts for over eighteen years.
Since 2000, she has shifted her emphasis to the creation of
wool penny rugs, table or wall coverings made from wool and
Penny rugs date back
to the 19C and are an applique technique used to create pictorial
designs. A variety of fabric scraps are cut into geometric
shapes and stitched into place to compose a narrative scene.
Some shapes were achieved by tracing the circumference of
a coin, hence the name penny rug. Penny rugs are
often backed with additional material and sometimes finished
with a fish scale edging consisting of overlapping scallops,
triangles, or other shapes that accent the pictorial scene.
Notice the creative blue ocean wave edging on Bonnie's Noah's
Arc design and the hard-boiled egg edging on the Sunflower
and Chickens design!
The range of Bonnie's
penny rug themes is extensive; images vary from Santa in his
sleigh with reindeer, to an English cottage with flower garden,
to cornucopia overflowing with an abundance of fruits and
flowers, to Noah's arc surrounded by eighteen unique and whimsical
animals. She uses hand dyed wools and decorative stitching
to add depth, texture, and richness to her scenes. Although
typically made from wools and felted wools, Bonnie's patterns
can also be successfully completed in flannels or felt material.
Bonnie's designs vary in size from small mini pennies,
8 x 10 rugs that are suitable for framing, up
to large 17 x 40 rugs. Her patterns are complete
with color finished photographs; detailed instructions, including
stitching and knotting techniques; supply lists; and traceable
Enjoy perusing the photo
gallery of over 40 designs currently being offered. And check
back every so often for Bonnie's new designs!