I have 3 braided rugs made by my Grandmother, Amanda Virch, about 50 years ago. There's a small brown and beige one in our bedroom hallway. It's in good shape.
The other two are badly worn and I need to make some tough decisions.
One is in black/red/multi 3.5'x5' and is badly worn. It has sentimental value, since I've had it for 50 years myself. If I spent an evening sewing it where it's split, it could go in the basement hallway and be shabby. But it's a little mildewy.
The third rug is a problem. It's big, about 5' x 8' and was originally from Uncle Ken's Manhattan apartment. I got it in 1990 when Ken died, but used it only for a year before we moved to a house that had wall to wall. I believe I may have used it in the garage office for 10 years. Then I lent it to the Historical Society, where I think it really looked nice. However, it now looks like it was vacuumed with a lawn mower!! The center wool has badly deteriorated and has simply shredded. Some of the other fabric is in bad shape, and there are lots of splits.
I decided to remove the center and I just threw that part in the garbage. But what do I do with the rest of it?? Is it worth reconstructing the rug? I have no use for it in this house. Did I mention that not only is it mildewy, it's full of dirt and dog hair. Not at all nice to work with.
I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you to welcome your 60th year. How nice!
sweater you made looks lovely and will likely be useful for our work
together. I would recommend washing it, by itself, with your usual
laundry soap, in warm wash, warm rinse and drying it in a warm (not
hot) dryer. Mohair tends to felt really 'hard' sometimes binding the
front and back of the sweater together and getting very dense. Even if
this happens to your sweater we can use it in places. If you stay away
from hot/cold temperature shocking of the fibers I think you will get a
nice soft texture.
Thank you for your nice email.
Sincerely, Crispina ffrench
4 September 2009 9:04pm EDT
have been a fan for a very long time (and own one of your throws).I am
thrilled to see that you are offering a sweater workshop at Kripalu
because, if all goes according to plan, this is where I choose to spend
my 60th!! birthday.
I'm writing about the sweater that I'll be
bringing with me. I knit it from terrible itchy mohair,when I was 16
years old. I've attached a photo.
I had already decided that I
would felt it down and make something useful out of it, eventually, but
this seems like a perfect opportunity.
My question: does this sweater appear to be suitable and should I try to felt it before I arrive?
The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you
know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never
be stuck. Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it
or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your
subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it
consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be
tired before you start.
a novel life, to be introduced to a dead sucker floating on the water
in the spring! Where was it spawned, pray? The sucker is so recent, so
unexpected, so unrememberable, so unanticipatable a creation. While so
many institutions are gone by the board, and we are despairing of men
and of ourselves, there seems to be life even in a dead sucker, whose
fellows at least are alive. The world never looks more recent or
promising - religion, philosophy, poetry - than when viewed from this
point. To see a sucker tossing on the spring flood, its swelling,
imbricated breast heaving up a bait to not-despairing gulls! It is a
strong and a strengthening sight. Is the world coming to an end? Ask
the chubs. As long as fishes spawn, glory and honor to the cold-blooded
who despair! As long as ideas are expressed, as long as friction makes
bright, as long as vibrating wires make music of harps, we do not want
redeemers. What a volume you might [write] on the separate virtues of
the various animals, the black duck and the rest!