How do you re-weave a “broken” handwoven Navajo rug?

I googled this post title in many different configurations, hoping to get an answer.  Many of the choices were for ads wanting you to visit “XYZ Oriental Rugs” to purchase a rug or have their staff re-weave your carpet.  Some of the searches revealed how to re-sew a broken braided rag rug.  But two of the best solutions were from “rug chick” and “Mr. Fix-it.”  They recommended glueing the rug back together or duct-taping it on the reverse side.

Finding a match for re-weaving a Navajo rug
Finding a match for re-weaving a Navajo rug

I gathered some home-spun wool yarns, as well as a couple of thicker cotton yarns.  You may see a match in the photo, but each was a shade off.  This won’t be easy to repair, since the warp threads–which appear to be cotton–are thin and broken (see below).

Since I didn’t find an answer to my question on the internet, I plan to find a large needle and some strong cotton thread and give it a go on my own.  If it works and looks decent, maybe I will make my own You-tube video on how to re-weave a handwoven rug.

Broken warp threads on a Navajo rug
Broken warp threads on a Navajo rug
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Author: luvswool and dyestuff

Natural dyer. Chemist. Chicagoan. Felter. Weaver. Embroiderer.

3 thoughts on “How do you re-weave a “broken” handwoven Navajo rug?”

  1. I did some googling and found weaving in beauty.com has online classes in Navajo weaving. Perhaps they could assist you or point you in the next best direction to learn repair techniques.

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