Suzette Krummel has been a needleworker for most of her life. She began her journey of hand sewing after ordering a crewel embroidery kit from a magazine at age 10. Being self-taught, she was able to pursue her interest in penny rugs in earnest after retiring from the nursing profession in 1999.
Krummel’s love of antiques and folk art inspires her designs. She makes her rugs entirely of wool, gathering vintage wool from local sources and looking for unique weaves and textures. When dyeing the wool with natural dyes she uses everything from marigolds to onion skins and pansies to pokeberries. She cuts each piece and fastens it using the blanket stitch in perle cotton. Her colors and designs make each rug one of a kind.
She exhibits and sells her work at folk life festivals and art fairs in Missouri and Illinois and enjoys educating adults and children about penny rugs. She is a member of the Great River Artisans in Quincy, Illinois. She teaches classes in the area and has a line of patterns and hand-dyed wool.
Artisans wishing to participate in the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ may download applications by clicking here. Because of the uncertainty of mail delivery caused by the Pandemic, we have extended the deadline for entries. We will accept entries postmarked by February 15, 2021. Those selected will be notified after judging in April, 2021. The 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ will appear in the August 2021 issue of Early American Life.
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