Good things take time. Three and a half years ago I saw a rug online that was made out of old tapestries and decided I’d like to make my own (the original photo is below but unfortunately I don’t have the original source).
I began collecting wool tapestries from op-shops and Trade Me* and have been piling them up in my studio ever since. Friends got in on the game too – with Helen sending me a big blue sailing ship that I’ve just realised is also in the bottom, left corner of the original rug – and tapestries coming up in conversations at family gatherings.
Last weekend I finally began my rug and today I finished it.
Here’s how to make your own tapestry rug…
To begin, collect wool tapestries – you’re making a rug so you want something that can take some wear and tear so ignore all those dainty embroideries.
Use a hot, steamy iron to steam the seams flat as you go – that will make sure everything is sewn together in the right place and that the rug is sitting flat.
Once you’re done, trim off any excess edges off the back that are creating excess bulk under the rug. After all, the end game is that it will sit flat on the floor.
*A word on collecting tapestries – the op-shop ones will be cheap but on Trade Me you get better options. Also, I bought quite a few from op-shops that were framed and stuck to cardboard. Those were pretty easy to break out of the frame and rip away from the cardboard.
Any questions just ask in the comments section and I’ll answer them so you can get onto making your own tapestry rug.