Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The red rug

I seem to have made it over some kind of hump and have really been making progress in getting the studio loft organized. It is getting kind of exciting now and I am anxious to get it done.

Awhile back my friends, Norm and Paula offered me a nice red rug that they were getting rid of. It had one problem—an unsightly worn spot. Not a hole. The rug was still basically viable, but it appears to be woven from jute that is wrapped in a red fiber, possibly wool. The red fiber had worn off in one area only, leaving the jute exposed. I considered painting the exposed jute red, but decided to see if I could repair it in a way with a bit more integrity. I found a yarn that is close to the color, but not perfect. You know, you can never really perfectly match these things. I took a big needle and started wrapping the yarn around the exposed areas.

Up close it is easy to see the repair, about half done here, but when you stand back it is barely noticeable.


It is the slightly darker area just below the center of the rug on the right side. I think it will be fine and add a nice bit of warmth to my "reading corner" in the loft.


I feel so smart and virtuous!

12 comments:

  1. You are so clever! I could even see more repairs in a variety of color so that the rug becomes more colorful as it ages. :-)

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  2. I think it looks awesome!
    So good to repurpose things or maybe just fix something for the same purpose. LOL
    Well done!

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  3. I love it! I love the warmth of a red rug. Your reading corner is really inviting. I'd love to curl up there to read or stitch on a rainy day. I have a woven rug that the disabled kids in Missoula weave. It is at least 20 years old, but I love it. The warp threads are worn and I need to repair them. You have given me the kick in the rear to get started - thanks!

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  4. Fantastic! I am going to bring you my almost new sweater that got tangled with a necklace at the security check at the airport. Everyone was waiting and so I finally just yanked it and now have a hole. I am trying to figure out how to add a design element or something. I really love the sweater.

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  5. Well I think you are smart and virtuous! Isn't it wonderful how something like that is so satisfying? The rug looks great.

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  6. You are virtuous! The warmth of the red rug really welcomes you into the studio. Good job!
    Laura

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  7. Such a cozy little spot for you, all so nicely organized with a wonderful wall hanging. Good job!!!

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  8. It is great to create for the sake of creating, but man it sure does feel great to use craftyness for a purpose.

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  9. Smart and virtuous, green and thrifty too!

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  10. That looks great!

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  11. It looks wonderful and a good fix for a spot with little traffic. How very thrifty of you.

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  12. Oh, so inviting!

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