Works in Process: The rug project

My rug project is not going as planned. Since it seems like you can’t swing a cat without bumping into someone’s curated list of everything that’s going perfectly, I thought I’d share the current state of this project that can be most charitably described as “on hold.”

My patching fabrics were all dyed and ready to go. I thought I could just take the backing off the rug and put the new fabric underneath the holes, stitch around the holes, and boom - done. No such luck.

After getting the cheap, nasty black polyester backing off, there was very bad news: each individual piece of the rug is underlined with more of the aforementioned nasty cheap fabric, and it’s sewn in to every seam. Oh, and the seams have all been topstitched. There’s no good way to get it out without seam ripping everything, and probably making a huge hash of the rug in the process.

I’m considering patching over the top of the holes, but I’m not sure how it’s going to look. The disappointment about this not being the quick and easy project I thought it was going to be has taken the wind out of my sails.

Luckily I have Vesper to keep the fabric company while I mull it over.