New Life for a Little Rug
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I gathered the tools I would need for repairing the broken warp threads The warp used in this rug was 8/4 cotton rug warp used double, and luckily I still had some on hand (this will not surprise anyone who knows me and has seen my yarn stash).
So now all I need was a tapestry needle threaded with a doubled strand of the warp thread and a little patience. The weaving should be easy because the rug was woven in plain weave.
Step 3 - Fixing the Broken Threads
All done! And I think the rug looks better with short fringe anyway.
1/12/2020 11:17:05 am
Thank you for posting this. I have a 24x40 rag throw rug that i bought years ago and it has several broken warp threads... across about 3" of warp and down about 20 inches. I am not a weaver, but i can use a tapestry needle to weave some new warp over and under. Your rug's warp seams nice and simple; this warp is a kind of 2 and 3 pattern. (I have no idea how to explain it.) But, since it isn't simple or a small area, do you think it would be too difficult to mend the rug this way? I have considered sewing it on the machine with some tear-and-wash-away stabilizer. It wouldn't look or feel at all the same. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be a total loss. Any advice or thoughts?
1/12/2020 11:42:27 am
It's hard to know for sure since I can't see the rug. But I think attempting to follow the pattern would be ideal even if you don't do it perfectly. And I am guessing that even if you wove some new warp threads in there in a simple pattern, at least it would provide strength, and it would probably look better than the interfacing. Think of a darned sock: it will always be obvious that it was darned, but it was given new life by darning. Not perfect but an improvement. If you have multiple side by side warp threads to replace, have a fork on hand to help pack the warp threads into place so they are vertical. I hope this helps.
1/12/2020 01:37:47 pm
Thank you, that does help. I'll give it a whirl.
8/14/2020 08:18:29 pm
Thanks for the fork tip. I am about to embark on repairing a rug with about a 3" width of broken warp threads. I think those warp yarns might have been defective, or they have been damaged by things spilled on it (next to the sink), because the remaining broken ends also seem to break easily. I may have to thread new warp through the whole length of the run. I have a wire comb meant for paintbrushes that will help me pack the denim rag weft back into place.
2/12/2021 10:54:05 am
Would you be able to repair fringes on my rag rug???
2/12/2021 11:04:59 am
I am sorry, but that is not something I have the time or energy to do right now. Give it a try yourself. What do you have to lose?
5/27/2021 09:45:20 am
Thanks so much for the tips. I have searched for this information several times and never came across even one person showing this repair! I hope to save a rug that perfectly fits in front of my back door, wish me luck!
5/27/2021 01:42:04 pm
I hope this will be helpful and you can repair your rug to perfection. Check out the other rug repair blog I posted as well. Click on Rugs in the sidebar. It's the one called "Out Out Damned Cat". Good luck!
9/1/2021 08:34:44 pm
I’m so grateful you’ve posted this information. I have a vintage rag runner rug made by my great grandmother sometime before 1950, and it’s still in good condition except for one section that needs repair. I was at a loss at how to attempt to fix it - not just the method, but what to use (8/4 cotton rug warp). I don’t expect to restore it to perfect condition, but I think my great grandmother would want it to be in use. Thank you!
9/2/2021 08:30:47 am
I am so glad you liked the post. Good luck with the repair. I am sure your great grandmother would LOVE to see it being used!
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