My uncle Gilbert used to call his sheep home every evening. As a city girl, I loved watching them come rushing over the hill to greet him.
Twenty eight very old vintage buttons represent the sheep's' curly wool coat and make this table mat a real treasure! These woolly sheep have been created from felted sweaters. They are hand stitched to a wool background using the buttonhole stitch. They are bordered with the traditional "pennies" at either end. They stand in the woods with a cheerful red bird.
It measures 28"x10.5"(70cm.X26cm.) making it a great centerpiece for a dining table or side board. It is a great holiday feature, candle mat, or conversation piece.
It has been constructed in the penny rug tradition of the 1800s using re purposed wool from old coats and sweaters and then appliquéd together. The "pennies" were made by tracing coins. It is lined with another piece of wool on the back so it feels substantially thick.
Old coats sometimes carry secrets in their pockets-one of the circles holds the lucky penny!