Materials and Dying for Rug Restorers (Three Days)

  • Synthetic Dye Pot
    Synthetic Dye Pot

    Synthetic dying. Easy to learn.

  • Indigo over-dye green
    Indigo over-dye green
  • Hand Spinning
    Hand Spinning

    Hand spun yarn. The weavers used it; you can too.

  • RMOR dye room
    RMOR dye room

    RMOR dye kitchen. Our classroom.

  • Dye formula book
    Dye formula book

    Color formula book. You will take yours home.

  • Materials
    Materials

    You can never have enough good materials.

  • Natural dye chart
    Natural dye chart

    Natural dye 'color blanket'. A color test sampler woven for rug production.

  • Natural dyes
    Natural dyes

    Natural dyes and mordants.

  • Hand spun yarns
    Hand spun yarns

    Turkish hand spun yarn.

Materials and Dying for Rug Restorers  (Three Days)

Beginning with a review of materials and structure, this class teaches how to replicate and dye materials for rug repair and restoration.  You can have excellent repair skills, but if your materials and colors do not match, your work will not be successful.  Come and learn the fundamentals of this important restoration skill.

  • An examination of materials found in rugs. What they are and how to match them. Students will learn to use a drop spindle to re-spin materials
  • Chemical washing of restoration materials before and after dying to control luster and weight of wool materials.
  • Dye procedures taught include indigo vat dying, understanding mordants and their effects, madder, cochineal, natural yellow dye sources and indigo over-dying to create green.
  • Synthetic dying using pre-metalized acid dyes
  • Development of dye formula references
  • All dying is hands-on by the students
  • All participants take home dye formula books and sample charts for all materials dyed in class.

 


Included with $2,495.00 tuition:

  • Drop spindle
  • Take home basic dye kit and a dye formula sheet created in class with dyed yarn samples
  • Handouts with suppliers of tools, materials, instructions, bibliography and copies of unpublished dye articles and information sources.

Next course: Date To Be Determined

Advanced Structural Analysis (Two Days)

  • Weaving a symmetrical knot construction.
    Weaving a symmetrical knot construction.
  • Knot count photo of an antique Kazak with centimeter grid.
    Knot count photo of an antique Kazak with centimeter grid.
  • Single weft weave
    Single weft weave "de-constructed".
  • Depressed weave
    Depressed weave "de-constructed".

Advanced Structural Analysis  (Two Days)

How can you repair a rug if you don't understand how it is put together?  A comprehensive working knowledge of rug structure is essential for a rug repair technician and restorer.   The class is intended for restorers but the material covered is fundamental to learning rug identification, making it appropriate for all rug care specialists seeking to advance their knowledge in rug identification and structure.

Learn why a Lavar looks different from a standard Kerman.  How is a Western Anatolian rug different from an Eastern Anatolian rug?  How do you identify the many types and sub-groups of Caucasian rugs?  Is a Khotan really a Chinese rug?  Designs are copied, but weaves don't lie!  Applicants need to have a good working knowledge of rug ID, terminology and structure.

  • Construction and de-construction; learn how rugs are put together by taking them apart.
  • Burn tests and some simple reagent dye tests for differentiating synthetic and some specific natural dyes.
  • Structure and materials:  analyzing spin and ply.  What does 'Z2S' mean?
  • Beyond knot counts: learn to write a full structural description of any hand-made rug you see.
  • Bring your own camera and learn to take and use close-up digital photographic images of weaves to identify and catalogue structures.

Included with $1800.00 tuition:

  • Linen counter
  • Flash drive with a library of weave photos
  • A copy of Marla Mallett's book "Woven Structures: A Guide To Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis."
  • Suggested reading list

Next course: Date To Be Determined

Intermediate Rug Repair and Restoration (Three Days)

Intermediate Rug Repair and Restoration  (Three Days)

  • Replacing the end finish on a Bidjar
    Replacing the end finish on a Bidjar

    Replacing the end finish on a Bidjar

  • Re-weaving a Hamadan.
    Re-weaving a Hamadan.

    Re-weaving a Hamadan. A simple job for an intermediate skill level rug restorer.

  • Rug restoration tools.
    Rug restoration tools.
  • Reweaving a large hole.
    Reweaving a large hole.

    Re-weaving a large hole in an antique Tabriz; a little more complicated.

This class is for the more experienced rug repair technician looking to take their skills to the next level. The techniques taught are the foundation skills needed to go beyond repair and become an oriental rug restorer.

  • Review structural analysis to identify parts/materials of rugs
  • Re-knotting; symmetrical and asymmetrical knots, low pile and 'Kashmir' techniques
  • Warp and weft insertion; cotton and wool warp preparation and spinning
  • Basic re-weaving techniques: kelim and pile weaves
  • Selvage re-weaving:  single and multi-cord overcast
  • Repair and replacement of fringes and end finishes

 


Included with $2495.00 tuition:

  • Complete tool kit suitable to begin doing the work taught and a copy of Marla Mallett's book "Woven Structures: A Guide To Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis." 
  • Students are encouraged to bring their favorite tools and any projects they want to review in class.
  • Rug scrap to work on in class and take home
  • Comprehensive handouts with recommended books and suppliers.

Next course: March 9-11, 2016. DOWNLOAD enrollment and payment form.

Introduction to Navajo Rug Restoration (Three Days)

  • Before Restoration
    Before Restoration
  • After Restoration
    After Restoration
  • Spinning Materials
    Spinning Materials

    Spinning side cords with a drop spindle.

  • Restoration
    Restoration

    Reweaving damage in a 'Second Phase' Navajo Wearing Blanket

  • Weft insertion.
    Weft insertion.

Introduction to Navajo Rug Restoration  (Three Days)

This class is designed for persons with established basic or intermediate knowledge of oriental rug repair or Navajo rug repair. Teaching is hands-on with Navajo rugs to learn and practice techniques.

  • A comprehensive review of Navajo weaving technology and structures
  • Basic spinning and materials preparation.  Students learn to spin materials with a drop spindle.
  • Repair and replacement of side and end selvages
  • Re-warping and basic re-weaving of holes
  • Corner finishes
  • Re-tensioning of selvage cords
  • Blocking to rectify shape

Included with $2,495.00 tuition:

  • Navajo rug repair kit (basic tools, work frame, "gatorboard", pins, drop spindle, wool samples)
  • Navajo rug scrap to work on in class and take home
  • Hand-outs specific to Navajo repair supplies and reading list

Next course: February 4-6. 2015. Click for enrollment and payment form.

Introduction To Oriental Rug Repair (Three Days)

Introduction To Oriental Rug Repair (Three Days)

June 6 - 8, 2018

  • Tools
    Tools

    Rug repair and restoration tools.

  • Scissors
    Scissors

    We will use real scissors!

  • End Sewing
    End Sewing

    Blanket stitch, up close.

  • Securing an end.
    Securing an end.
  • Sewing a tear.
    Sewing a tear.


Basic repair technique for those with only the most basic familiarity with oriental rugs and structure.  These fundamental, day-to-day skills can be sold readily to a broad base of retail and wholesale customers.  Testimonials ».

  • End sewing and securing
  • Hand sewing of machine-made fringes
  • Selvage wrapping and repair
  • Correcting side curling
  • Closing cuts and tears
  • Cutting and finishing electrical cord holes in rugs
  • Velcro® hanging systems
  • Painting
  • Patching
  • Adhesive support patches

Included with $2,495.00 tuition:

  • Complete tool kit suitable to begin doing the work taught and a copy of Marla Mallett's book "Woven Structures: A Guide To Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis."
  • Rug scrap to work on in class and take home
  • Comprehensive handouts with recommended books and suppliers.

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