FINISHING THREAD

REPAIRING OLD ANTIQUE HOOKED RUGS

REPAIRING is for LOVE  ONLY!

 I have had this mat for 3 years and could not decide wether to hook from scratch or repair the old one!
Finally after  much thought, I could not bear to let the old one rot in a garage on top of my DH's antique car . . .as is what happens in our house to old rugs that are beyond  fixing . . .. 


The Burlap is brittle . . . so I steamed it a long time . . .just in case it helps it . . . because the problem with old mats is that after you have repaired them they continue to disintegrate if you even LOOK at them!


Thats why I have given up repairing for other people . . . .
So. . . first  to repair the hole in the leaf -I sewed on with linen thread (cotton ok also). . .  a piece of linen backing , here in photo from the back . . .I reinforced as many loops around the hole as possible.. . .one by one . . .long job ,yes!
Then I found a piece of recycled wool fabric and re hooked the area that was gone. . .eg. the HOLE.
Turn over to the right side and here is the repair . . .Total time so far spent repairing this rug is  28 hours!@ $20 an hour = much more than the person paid for the mat in the first place!
Yes ,only repair for the love of the mat! . . .
and I am still only 1/2 way through this job!!!

COTTON THREAD for BINDING a RUG

GUTTERMAN 100% COTTON THREAD

There must be a better way to store  these spools . . .but for now I confess I have just thrown them together in this little  zippered bag . . .and put in my wool basket joining my ''SOME DAY'' projects to sort and organize.
I mention the  cotton and linen thread  as it is what I like to use . . PLEASE  know that there are many other rug hookers out there in ''Hooking'' land that have other preferences and thats fine but here  I am writing  what my choices are and how I enjoy the finishing part of a rug! .  .
After having repaired old rugs for many years I have become fussy . . I do not like to use polyester threads . . .
After my first quilt  -king size-sewn with polyester thread  . . .melted on ironing the finished quilt-every last stitched seam!!!(apparently I was not supposed to iron it  which seemed a ridiculous reason to me) . . . . . Poly threads  cut into the fibre also . . .I would never sew on a binding by machine!!!Eventually the edge will just fall off . . . .as I have witnessed in many old rugs finished this way . . . .
 THEREFORE . . . .
its  always 100% cotton  for me for quilts  and rugs  now!
I find that any thread with a name you can't pronounce is probably a good one! I use  Gutterman or Mettler silk Egyptian cotton . . .
LOOK  carefully at the COLOUR of the spool !!
READ the words . . all spools of thread have  information on them . . .. the  thickness . . .
#40 for machine sewing  . . .
#50 is probably best for  sewing on your binding . . .
Upholstery thread #50 on right in photo is shiny . . .its polyester . . .and it feels terrible  in the fingers . . .a good reason to HATE finishing if you use the poly threads!!
Gutterman HAND Quilting 100% cotton  thread is thicker and does well as a thread for sewing on the binding.
I could go on and on about thread but thats enough !
 . . .well . . .for today at least!

BINDING A RUG THREAD

LINEN or COTTON


Check out these gorgeous ROWAN THREAD SETS
in durable cotton  and would just be nice on a shelf! sets are about $35
More about cotton tomorrow . . .. . 
I have so many times heard rug hookers  go on and on about how they HATE to finish the edge of their rug  . . .and that .  .  .that part is so boring!
I am writing today to inspire all FINISHING HATERS!
I myself love this part . . .I use always LINEN thread . . .yes if you are observant you would have noticed in yesterdays  post . . . .I have always found it in Paris at my favourite sewing supply stores . . .but lately it is getting hard to find . . .if anyone reading this post knows where I might find this particular brand please let me know  here by commenting!!!
It is available online at  Le Torchon a Carreaux @ 6.50 Eur . . . .nice little container also!

CAPSULE DE FIL DE LIN AU CHINOIS


Capsule de lin Au Chinois blanc  Fil au chinois

 somewhere in France . . but not Montmartre sadly . . . . .