Originally released in the premier issue of Wool Works Magazine, in January 2017, the design for this bed runner took shape in my mind as one that might be compelling for both beginning and seasoned blanket stitchers, as it contains only that … blanket stitches … just as do the antique, late 1800s penny rugs, that are now so hard to find.
This design, although not that of a traditional penny rug, retains the simplicity of a penny rug, and I was deliberate in my choice of “Civil War” colors, wanting them to reflect tradition as well.
Having lived in Central Pennsylvania for several years, I made the most of my time there to soak in the history all around me … I was often heading off this way or that to learn and explore. But the location that pulled me back, time and again (and again), was Gettysburg.
“The Emmitsburg Road” was painstakingly stitched together in honor of those who lived during the hard times of the Civil War … and especially of those engaged in that monumental struggle during those first three very hot days of July in Gettysburg, 1863.
Finishing out at 61″ x 21″, this is a pretty labor-intensive pattern, but so very worth it. When finished, this bed runner will essentially rank up there at the level of an heirloom. And warm in the winter? You won’t believe just how warm, when this is laid across the foot of your bed. I never once, all last winter, had cold feet.
Your pattern is packed into a clear 9″ x 12″ zip-lock bag. It includes a cover page with two color photographs (the second and fifth ones shown above, although of course you can refer back to this listing for the photographs shown here), detailed instructions, a page of pattern elements , and a full-sized line drawing of one of the corners showing the exact placements of the blocks and the decorative border elements.
This pattern and all of its elements and photographs, and the design itself, are copyright 2017 © Karen Hahn at horseandbuggycountry.com ~ all rights reserved & protected.