Nana Anna created her lovely braided rug in 1939 making it 66 years
old. She died in 1982. The rug was passed down to daughter Marjorie
who remembers it being a part of their home for many years while she
was growing up. After many years of use and mouse damage, it was badly
in need of repair as the following photos show:
The damaged orange, green and red rows were removed from the center
which was difficult because the rug was not laced, but rather, the strands
were sewn together with little tiny stitches. I reused what salvaged
material that I could and replaced the remainder with new braid where
needed. All of the broken strands and braid were also repaired and the
rug shampood to bring back some of its original sparkle. It is a precious
family heirloom and I was pleased that I was able to extend its life
for many more years.
"Oh my! It looks wonderful. Just beautiful. Mom will be thrilled.
I know she didn't expect to see it finished nearly so soon. Many thanks"..."I
just spent an hour with friends in the room with "Nana's Rug".
It adds so much warmth to the room. Mom says she looks at it every time
she goes through the room. Thanks again for everything"...Jess