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Making a Traditional Penny Rug

Danielle Potvin is offering a one-day workshop at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum: on Saturday, November 19. Students will use simple techniques to create wool appliqués from felted, recycled wool (e.g., winter coats, sweaters, blankets, wool vests, scarves) that are then blanket-stitched with embroidery pearl cotton thread. Simple techniques and repetitive movements create naïve pieces. As tradition demands, students will hide Canadian coins in their artwork.

Workshops will run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm with a maximum of six participants per workshop. Students will receive full kits for their creation. Cost is $75, including the kit. For more information or to register, please call the Museum at 613 256-3754. The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is located at 3 Rosamond St. E. in Almonte.


No previous experience required

Suitable for right- and left-handed adults; women and men
Courses are provided in English with interactions/questions in both official languages.

A maximum of six participants per workshop.

No handouts (A short French video is available on the artisan’s website.)


Teachers will provide full kits (pattern, wool, 3 pearl cotton threads, tapestry needle #18) $25 each

Students should bring:

  • sharp fabric scissors
  • pins
  • fine-point marker
  • lunch, snacks and water


Millworkers' Learning Centre

This sunlit space can be rented for meeting, screenings, workshops, lectures, etc.

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