The throw rug needed a little bit of work and she wanted to have it bound. The other two pieces needed a bit more work. Joan wanted us to make a secondary throw rug by seaming them together, after cutting off the additional material that would surround the cushion. Being that they were hand made, we had to first latex the perimeters of every piece prior to doing anything to them. This causes a rubberized edge which allows you to trim the material, but more importantly, it acts as a stabilizer for the edges to prevent any further fraying!
Dan went to work on it. After using latex to stabilize the edges, he scissor cut back the edges to get them as cleaned up as possible. At that point he was able to bind the throw rug. He then started working on the other two pieces. After cutting back the excess material, he used extra latex where the seam would be made. He joined them together, using sheet rock scrim tape and hot glue in replacement of seam tape.
The pattern of the pieces are sporadic and colorful, so the pattern match up was not important. After about 1.5 hours of work the job was completed!
|Hand-Made Throw Rug: hooked with various yarns. Bound in black by DWP Carpet Binding.|
|Hand-Made Cushion covers, converted to a secondary throw rug. Bound in black by DWP Carpet Binding.|
I think these are wonderful and unique mosaic pieces. They are over 40 years old and hand-made by a person with true talent! Joan has sentimental connection to these pieces and used DWP Carpet Binding to keep them useful to her. This was one of the more unique tasks we were asked to do. We are more than happy with the results, but even happier that we were able to maintain the use of pieces so valuable to another individual!
Thank you, Joan!
This was such a great project to be a part of!
If you have pieces that are of sentimental value to you, consider bringing them to DWP Carpet Binding to see what you can make of them today!
***Side Note: Coincedentally, I had a fortune cookie today that read: "Don't scrap everything. See what you can salvage!" After having written this blog!***
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