"I will describe myself as a pattern designer and maker. I like to create geometric patterns inspired by circles, traditional quilt patterns and folk-art designs of animals. Texture and fiber are important elements in my creations, whether it comes from added beads and velvet or the pattern of light as the sun pours through a sharp tin punch piece. The desire to touch is equally as important as visual. Some of my first wool applique work was a series of mats depicting flowers by using circles; poinsettia, rudebeckia, forget me knot and chrysanthemum (pictured)." - Arlene MacAusland
I have been an active member of the Prince Edward Island Craft Council since 2003. The Council promotes the production and acceptance of quality, Island-made, hand-crafted products.
How It's Made
It all began with a box of 4 1/2 inch squares of recycled wool fabric from Grammie Murphy. The squares were originally intended for a nine patch quilt. But I like to cut ...
My hand stitched Penny Rugs are constructed from Wool Felt blends, and/or new and recycled wool fabrics. An average sized piece has between 3000-5000 stitches. The penny rugs are limited edition pieces, stitched 25 times or less with my signature and the name and number of the piece stitched on the back. They are for the table or hanging.
Obsessed with the bunnies that roamed the backyard, I created my own little bunny doll. The bunnies have hand embroidered faces. The bunny hug blankets were inspired by my Saskatchewan upbringing; home of the bunny hug (a hoodie). Blanket edges are hand stitched.