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Monday, January 11, 2010

RECYCLED WOOL SAMPLE RUG


Here's a project that I have tucked in my closet for over 6 months~~~
I scored these really expensive highend 100% wool rug samples from my friend for CHEAP!  She had bought a big pile of them from a cool local home store and shared them with me.  I choose 9 of them keeping the colors complimentary and a nice mix of patterns.  These measure 12 inches square and I laboriously handstitched them together on the back edges yesterday afternoon.  I used a very strong upholstery thread with a wonderful large curved needle that was a real finger saver for this project.  It took me about 3 hours to stitch it by hand.  I just didn't think my sewing machine could handle the thickness, plus I wanted to control the connections.  I stitched heavily to create a secure bind.
I love recycle.  Look at this great rug idea.

  I thought it would fun to create a border of some heavy fabric around the outer edges, but that will have to wait for another day.  For now, it looks great as is.  Most of all, I love the look of the various patterns.. funky..  Plus the amazing quality of the wool rugs makes this piece even more great at such a FABULOUS price!  Ya gotta love a good score! 

I had to work on making the corners connect as good as I could given that the squares weren't perfect.  I sometimes had to try all 4 corners to find the best fit.  But here you can see the wonderful nap of the wool and cool colors.
   NOW I am happy to have checked off one of my long overdue projects of my list!
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