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Old June 13th, 2018, 05:25 PM   #4
Phil Bell
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 10


Yes I used to own the Peter Stone book. A collector bought it for me with the intention of me working for him many years ago. He had a wonderful collection and that is where my love of tribal rugs started. I have since lost the book in the course of a dozen house moves but I remember the principles.

I wax my warps before threading under knot loops and wefts, tie a knot and then reinsert before reaching the hole. Once the hole is crossed I loop around and reinsert under the next knot loop, rinse and repeat as they say.

There is always a danger of breaking the knot loops or wefts, which is why I sometimes reduce the size of the warp and wax it well. I use pliers to pull the needle through while holding my finger over the knot loops to lessen the chance of breakage. That is the critical point and one must assume that the needle may suddenly come out with some force so the exit path should be free. I have learnt this from painful experience.

I don't pretend to be good at this by the way, I am only ok. That is why I wonder if I should be working on older pieces.

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