|This area rug was, at one point,|
about twice as long as it is
I have several area rugs, all of which I love. Some of them I've made, others were bought many, many years ago. Made of woven cotton, the commercially purchased rugs have traveled with me from one living space and state to another. All of them are washable, which make them perfect for my purposes. I love them underfoot, and cannot imagine my home without them.
One such woven cotton rug has really taken a beating. In fact, a few years ago I actually took shears to one end of this rug and chopped off a fair amount that had started to unravel. As you can see below, I took some white kitchen cotton I had on hand at the time, and performed a little quick single crochet Rx to the edge I sheared off:
|See that neat single crochet edge? Compliments of my crochet|
hook and some worsted weight kitchen cotton.
|So here is the offending corner in|
its unraveled state.
|The first thing I did was work a row of surface slip stitch up the edge of|
the rug, around the loose woven pieces, to create a new edge.
|Then I worked another surface slip|
stitch row along the inside edge of the
unraveled area to aid in stopping
|I then worked one more row of surface slip stitch between the two|
rows on each edge of the unraveling area. I then knotted several
pieces of cotton along the outer edge to actually aid in aesthetics
|I then wove in all my ends (at top and bottom of mend area).|
|Here's a shot of the entire rug,|
with the mended corner at top right.
|And here's a close-up of the mended|
corner. While certainly not perfect, it
actually is not only neat and tidy,
it definitely adds a different character
to the rug.