Friday, February 4, 2011

Old Hooked Rugs When are they worth saving?

When is an old Hooked Rug worth repairing?




I have a dilemma I have old hooked rug my mother in law in her 90’s gave me. I  know one of her relatives made it. The problem is the rugs red color ran on to the background of the rug. Do I need to rehook the parts that ran? Am I ruining an old rug by having to do so much repair?  

There are several patches that need new hooking so there is much more work on the rug. My  question to my fellow hookers is What would you do?  Does every ones old hooked rugs get saved?

I do like it a lot .

15 comments:

Courtney said...

Well...I'm not an expert in any way, but I would try to save it. I would rehook the missing spots, but as far as the areas where the dye ran, it wouldn't bother me. In fact, it would kind of add to the rug's history. I guess that I would just love that it came to me from a family member. It's really a cute rug and makes a nice old folk piece. That's my humble, yet naive opinion.
Good luck,
Courtney

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Courtney, Cheri

Anne's Original Hooked Rugs said...

Cheri, I share Courtney's idea...I would certainly re hook the parts that are needed...much to precious to cast aside...

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Anne,I love the simplicity of the cat. I like the idea that my husbands family were hookers. Cheri

acorn hollow said...

Well here is what I did and you may all be horrified but the rug really was beyond repair. I had this old rug that was hooked on burlap and the burlap was so bad it kept splitting.
I painted a piece of very thin plywood. and I glued it on the plywood. It made it stable and it is pretty hung up. you could even use a mounting board and cut it to the shape. I think it depends on what the backing is on that rug. It may make sense to make a pattern of that rug and do what I did horror of horrors. then at another time rehook the pattern. If you want.
cathy

Julia said...

Cheri, the fact that it's a family heirloom and that you love it, is enough to just rehook the damaged parts. The fact that the red color has runned wouldn't bother me either.

The rug has a charm of it's own and makes a nice conversation piece when family visits. JB

Julia said...

Cheri, your family heirloom cat rug is charming and the fact that the red has run wouldn't bother me either. I too would just rehook the damaged parts and keep it. The fact that it belonged to a family member is reason enough to keep it

Good luck fixing it and let us see the result. JB

Kim said...

It is a cute folky rug. I would keep it but know nothing about repairs.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks alot everybody! That helped . The thought of taking out all that red was not a happy thought. Cathy that was an interesting idea. I am going to get some more burlap because that is what the original family hooker used. Add this to my projects!!! Lol cheri

Anonymous said...

This rug is really cute. If it were mine, I would leave the original as is and then create another rug just like it. I feel a bond with the original hooker when I replicate a rug. I find myself thinking about what inspired the original design and the color choices. I think about what the circumstances might have been when she was hooking. What was her favorite time of day to hook the rug? Were there children or pets in the room? What kinds of conversations did she have while hooking? What was happening in her neighborhood, city, or country at the time she was hooking this rug?

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi,What a great thought to create a new one.I love the way you thought about the previous hooker and who she was . I am going to talk to my mother in law and ask her which member of her family were the hookers.I have several other rugs someone in her family made.Cheri

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Being a vintage and antique textile appraiser I would do all I could to save the piece.
Reinforcing it with another piece of background jute to which I would attach the new pieces (hooking) that would come up through the existing holes could probably fix that part and then just slipstitch it(the new piece)to the back.
As for the run dye... it will be easier to live with than you think.It gives it a true folky character and it is an endearing piece.
Susan x

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Susan, That helps alot. I was so unsure about the running dye. I love that my husbands family had hookers in their family. cheri

Leslie said...

Do not use jute or burlap to repair this rug. You must use linen, which is what most rughookers use now. Jute or burlap will only disintegrate which is why you have the problem with the rug in the first place. You must take small pieces of linen (especially designed for hooking) and stitch them to the back...interlock them first around the edge so they don't ravel. You stitch them carefully to the back of the rug where there are holes and then you re-hook those parts. All old hooked rugs are very fragile because they were hooked on burlap. It is hard to tell how fragile your rug is, but if you wet the back at all you will only further compromise the rug. You must live with the red dye that has bled into the other parts. You might be able to stitch a small border along the rug so that all of those pieces that are coming apart along the edge can be enclosed.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thank you Leslie for the wonderful
input on repairing old hooked rugs.You gave me lots of information that will help me in the future. I only hook my rugs on linen since I heard about problems with burlap, Cheri