Mug Rugs are everywhere! They come in all shapes and sizes, all colours and made with as many different techniques as you can think of. Thanks to their size, they're quick to make (not like some quilts!) and you can use a technique that on a bigger scale might look boring or too kitsch. And, let's admit it, small scales are soooo cute! Oh, I was forgetting, they're actually useful too!
And now Mug Rugs are starting to invade Italy! At the moment they are considered more as a sampler than what they are really for, but this is all rapidly changing. When we'll have solved the name problem that is. It's a bit long to call them "piccole tovagliette per tazza" (little tablecloths for mugs) and it's definitely not as catchy as MUG RUG, is it? Soon we will decide to adopt the English term and everybody will immediately know what you're talking about.
In the meantime I would like to give my own little contribution to the Mug Rug cause and this is it:
a Mug Rug made using laminated material (Michael Miller's laminated Pink Belle Rose) means no tea stains to remove, you just wipe it over. At the worst you get the crumbs from all those biscuits you're eating stuck in the trim, but a good shake will see to that! With the same fabric look at the different effects!
Here's a photo of the reverse side in case you're wondering. My colleague Emanuela kindly lent me her mug, it just looked so right! Thanks and... enjoy your tea (or coffee!).