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?
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
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 1” braid. I sometimes use these materials, cut them wider
and overlap more when coiling. Try to stay with coat weight melton
WHAT ABOUT CASHMERE
Same answer as above - a heavy cashmere is great in
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.