February 5, 2011

MAGGIE B. RUG


Well...I keep saying I'm a slow hooker..but this one was ridiculous. I started this Maggie B. rug last winter, finished it in May..but of course never finished the binding until right before Christmas. Then...stupid me...put the rug on the floor..I figured if the old, antique rugs can hold up to everyday wear and tear..then this rug made out of good wool will be able to hold up too..right??? Wrong! I put the rug in my entryway...not thinking that people would be trudging in & out, with wet, snowy shoes and the worse...that stupid calcium/salt stuff my husband puts on the porch. I'm sure you're getting the picture...white, crumbly, water & salt deposits all over my beautiful chestnut wool!! The death of a wonderful rug.....

Well...I took a hot wet wash cloth and literally but gently scrubbed the heck out of it, then took my lint roller and rolled it every which way possible, and then re-pressed it with a hot iron on a fluffy towel. After working on it for about an hour and letting it dry overnight, I made the very intelligent not to put it back on the floor. So I hung it on my bedroom wall...much to my husband's chagrin...he's not really thrilled with the primitive look...whatever...and here it is. It doesn't look too bad for all the tortuous treatment it had been through..no more rugs on the floor!

13 comments:

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

I am so happy you could rescue your lovely treasure!! I have a rug (from Joanne at Snippets and Scraps Blog) that I won in a Giveaway, hanging over my bed and thankfully, my hubby loves it AND primitive, or I would be in trouble!!lol Maybe yours will "grow" to love it in time!!
Thanks for sharing your special TLC project!
Blessings~
Julie

Rugs and Pugs said...

Bobbie ~
I'm so glad you were able to nurse your rug back to health! It is a wonderful rug! I have 2 rugs on the floor ~ one that I hooked and one that I bought on eBay a number of years ago, but they are in areas where a person rarely steps!
We should get together and form the Slow Hookers Club!
Have you finished the antique hearts rug?
Hugs :)
Lauren

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Evening Stitcher ~ you are funny! I think you could put rugs on your floor but maybe not in the entry!! But, it looks like you saved it ~ I have the paper pattern for that rug ~ wish I'd do it!!

Bobbie said...

Lauren..I did finish my "Hearts and Flowers" rug...well...I haven't binded it yet, but am going to do so tomorrow while the SuperBowl is on.

Julie.thank you so much for your comment..my husband has never been into primitives...but my rug is hanging right over his dresser..LOL!! He'll have to like it!

Penny said...

Love your rug on the wall -- and glad you were able to save it! My husband is finally coming around to primitive - but it's taken about 20 years of training....!!

Sheila said...

So glad you could save your rug. I had one on the floor out of the way and the dog would go in there and lay on it when I was away. I never caught her but her hair gave her away...so up it went to the hope chest.

from me to thee......... said...

LOVE it, I have that pattern too, in fact I have all of Maggie's books, love her look. What is it about men and primitives, I just don't get it. I like the other rug your doing, with the hearts, flowers and bird. I too made that, but want to do it again in different colors.

Beckyjean said...

Love your rug & I'm glad you could save it.

Becky

primitivebettys said...

Glad you were able to save the rug. It is beautiful. You could have 'snow' washed it. I haven't ever done it, but have heard about it often & folks say it works.

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

Love the rug and so glad you were able to clean it up!

moosecraft said...

Oh goodness! I would have never have thought about the calcium stuff either... I think you did a great job of rescuing your Maggie B... I like those white wool birds in your sidebar too... that umbrella tree is fun!

Courtney said...

Your rug has responded well to your tender loving care... thank goodness. You did a beautiful job on the colors and pattern. I haven't been able to actually put a rug I've made on the floor!
Courtney

Constance said...

I LOVE your Maggie rug. I made her Settler's Quilt and several of her table runners. My goal is a rug. Thank you for sharing your talent.