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July 31, 2006

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Christina

I'd find a reputable rug-hooking group, on Live Journal or Yahoo, and ask them. Often the finishing edge, which is whip stitch, frays and becomes fragile. It is possible to take off this edging of wool and replace it with a wool of comparable color, weight and quality. Good luck!

Marie

What an absolutely beautiful rug! Your Grandmother was certainly amazingly talented. Is it small enought to make into a wall hanging once you have the fragile edges stabilized?

sarina

Stunning! If you can find a way to display it, you will not regret it.

--Deb

That rug is absolutely gorgeous!

Mary Tess

The rug is absolutely lovely. How fortunate you are to have something made by your grandmother. I hope you can find a way to display it in your home so you and your family can enjoy it daily.

Elizabeth

Beautiful rug. I'm sure you can have the edging repaired, it would be a shame to put it back in storage. Mmmm, rug hooking....

Mom

After talking with Jeanne on the phone last night, she asked me to add what I remember about my mother making that rug. Here goes . . .

Mother bought white wool fabric and dyed the colors herself. I can still smell the hot, wet wool in Mom's biggest pot on the stove, with white vinegar added to set the dye. She would put in one piece of wool for a minute, take it out and add another for two minutes, until she had the number of shades she wanted. It took quite some time. I have no memories of how she dried the wool, but I certainly do remember helping to cut the finished colored material into 1/4 inch strips, being as careful as I could to keep the strip even. Mother set up a frame in the living room and spent months working on this particular rug. She had taken a class at the local adult education school to get started. She made a half circle rug to go inside the front door, and perhaps two other rugs about the size of this one that Jeanne has. I was allowed to work on the background until Mother thought my work was even enough to do some of the flowers, so my hand was in on this rug, too. However I didn't care much for hunching over the rug frame and much preferred knitting.

kelli ann

there is a montreal artist who does lovely traditional rugs, i'm sure judith would be happy to advise you on the care & keeping of your rug...

here's the link to her mac.com space:

http://homepage.mac.com/judithdallegret/PhotoAlbum1.html

**** thank you both for sharing this but of your family history! the rug is breathtaking.

Laura

Oh, I hope you can do something to minimize, if not repair, the damage so you can bring the rug out again. How wonderful it would be to be able to see it and use it in your daily life. What a fabulous reminder of your dear grandmother.

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