Braiding With Marge Videos...Frequently Asked Questions


WHERE CAN I ORDER SUPPLIES AND MATERIAL?

Keying in “Braided Rug Supplies” on the web will result in many websites that supply braiding tools, lacing thread and material.  Stick with coat weight wool… meltons, plushes, or even some blends if you don’t absolutely have to have 100% wool.
Email me for a list of vendors.

WHAT LACING THREAD DO YOU RECOMMEND?

You need to get a hollow core thread that you can run your needle down the center of , in order to splice on a new piece.   I use a heavy weight hollow cotton thread in either a 7# or a 9# weight.

SHOULD I USE A HEAVY WEIGHT THREAD WHEN SEWING BUTTS?

I use a button thread but regular sewing thread is fine too.

WHAT  DO I DO WHEN I AM CHANGING COLORS AND HAVE MADE A MISTAKE?   HOW DO I REDO IT  AND STILL BE ABLE TO HIDE THE SEAM?

You can rebraid and relace and find another place to make your cut…perhaps back a loop or so or forward a loop or so,   If you need to move forward you may have to join back a piece of material, braid and then make a new cut in the right place.  You will have two very close seams but it works out OK.

  If it is the case that  you cut your diagonal in the wrong direction, redo your cut, sew and open up the braid back aways.  Then rebraid really tightly pulling on the short strand until you have worked it forward enough to hide the seam.

ARE WOOLS DESCRIBED AS BOUCLE, BASKET WEAVE, ANDTWILL SUITABLE?

These are OK only if they are thick enough to make a 1braid.  I sometimes use these materials, cut them wider and overlap more when coiling. Try to stay with coat weight melton or plushes.

WHAT ABOUT CASHMERE OR MOHAIR?

Same answer as above  - a heavy cashmere is great in a rug!

SOME BRAIDERS HAVE TOLD ME THAT THEY WASH THE WOOL BEFORE BRAIDING. IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?

I only wash wool if I am using old coats etc. New wool I never wash unless it is a very thin fabric which I then wash in warm water to add some thickness. The last chapter on the video tells you how to clean braided rugs using Woolite - never soak it just do as described and nothing will run.

WHY DO YOU PLAIT THE INNER ROWS OF A RUG AND USE THE "BRAIDING" METHOD ON THE OUTSIDE ROW ONLY?


Plaiting (flat braiding) makes for a better looking rug on both sides when using 4" wide strips which are coiled before braiding. Using the braiding method on the outside row adds a nicer edge to the rug.

 

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