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Refurbishing Old Wool Blanket

Discussion in 'Embroidery' started by SuiDhaaga, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. SuiDhaaga

    SuiDhaaga Silver IL'ite

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    I have an old will blanket whose border is falling apart.

    I decided to test it off, do hand embroidery and then attach a brand new border.

    So far when I search borders on Amazon (I am in USA and but it is hard for me to go out of the house), i only see borders for stoles and dupattas.

    How do I get borders for a warm blanket. What do I search on Amazon. Or if i should cut my own border, what material to buy?
     
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  2. Rihana

    Rihana Finest Post Winner

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    SuiDhaaga, welcome to IL. I have to confess I have no suggestion about the wool blanket. Just that I saw four threads by you in the Unanswered Threads section and thought this is saraasar na-insaafi (rank injustice). So, responding to remove one thread from there. : )

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    The member name reminds me of a friend whose favorite sher (couplet) in her times of vicissitude is:
    Bin dhaage ki sui zindagi,
    seeye ne kuchh, bas chhub chhub jaaye.
    (A needle sans thread, this life,
    stitches nothing, just goes poke poke poke).

    For this question, have you tried some arts & crafts or quilting forums? Or, if you have a fabric store in the area, it is worth a long walk or taking a bus one day and going over, the staff are usually helpful.

    Nice to see your threads and the crafts you work on. Elicits images of roads less taken.
     
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  3. Amulet

    Amulet IL Hall of Fame

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    Old? How old is that ? Valuable (sentimental etc..)? What color?
    Woven or knitted ? How would you use it (use would impose stress on the blanket, and your fray-stopper should be appropriately designed) ?.

    When edge of woven cloth is fraying, one can buy a ribbon edging (of whatever length) online and stitch that on. If you want to spend money, you can buy crochet laces and stitch that on.
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    If you do not wish to spend lots of money, you can use any cotton cloth, cut into strips of desired width, stitch them together into a long ribbon, and then use that as the folded edging.

    Rihana has a good suggestion: you can go on a day-excursion and talk to an assistant in a store. USA has many sewing shops in malls. Find one and call them about your issue; if phone call isn't sufficient, you can go there in person.

    @Rihana That is a very nice sher. Threadless needle poking, poking ...eh ?
     
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    Op,looking at your name....I am assuming you know basic stitching .:)

    If you know how to stitch piping around edges....you can get a slightly broad piping.

    You can even make your own by cutting strips on a bias and joining them.

    You can even use old sheet to make the piping .
    Either similar or opposite colour.

    If the blanket is single colour ,you can use printed piping to make it interesting.

    You can add tassles of the color of the piping or blanket too. Or you can use tassles of any colour from piping if you use printed material.

    Happy sewing .
     
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    Oh...well. Looked into Amazondotcom and found that these are not at all expensive. What d'ya know - kind of feeling. Chinese manufacturers make&ship all manner of things for a low price !!

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    Hello Rihana, nice to meet you.

    Thank you for doing justice to my unanswered threads.

    I love the ring to SuiDhaaga, and the couplet is quite lovely!

    I've tried arts & crafts forums but no one knows :-(

    And I'm intimidated by stores (salespeople love me for some reason)
     
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    Oh, I'm sure this blanket is many decades old. The border was starting to come out. At first I tried hand-stitching it, but it was crooked. Then I decided I will re-invent it into phulkari.

    I would use blanket to cover myself when I sleep.

    Crochet lace looks beautiful --- I ended up buying https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AXRW76/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01 (will probably self-teach how to attach so the tape is on both sides of blanket)

    My goodness --- I need bravery to step into those stores .....
     
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    LOL, I'm trying to teach myself the basics. My goal is to eventually make my own clothes. Would love to make my own sarees to wear casually, yet look beautiful!

    The wool blanket is baby blue. I ended up getting plain purple bias tape. I love the idea of adding decoration to border. Perhaps once I sew it on, I will embellish the boarder.


    Tassles ..... how delightful!!!!!!! The choices are endless!!!!!!
     
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    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh so pretty and delicate.

    Perhaps I can incorporate into this blanket, or future projects

    The creative juices are really flowing now!!!!
     

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