How Do I Hang Thee?

….let me count the ways.

There are countless ways to hang our hooked pieces, and I am always looking for that one way that suits me best. For those who like sewing, lovely tabs which show above the hooking make a nice finish….but I hate sewing! Others frame their work, but that is expensive, and not a look that I generally want. …so I keep trying different ways.

Emma Sue is quite small and is simply hung with a strip of tack board (or whatever you call the edge pieces used to install wall to wall carpeting)DSCF5935

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My “no penny penny rug” is larger, so Ray used the tack board all the way around to keep it straight and secure on the wall.

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This method works well, but leaves a lot of holes in the wall, and if for any reason you want to take the rug down for awhile, you have an ugly frame on the wall.

When I was hanging Hygieia (or more accurately, when Ray was hanging Hygieia) I wanted a more decorative way of doing it, and being that the rug was large and heavy, it needed to be able to support her weight. We bought a heavy curtain rod with  fancy finials, andsecured it at both ends and in the middle. Ray had rebuilt the wall with support behind the dry wall so it would hold it easily.

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I inserted a metal rod in the bottom pocket to hold it down and help it to hang straight. (it doesn’t ordinarily stick out)

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This topic is on my mind, because this week we have been putting our living room back together after another renovation task is completed, and finally hanging art work and putting up Adele and Althea where we can enjoy them every day. Again I wanted a decorative way to hang them, but nothing as extensive (or as expensive) as what we used for Hygieia. I just love the simple solution we came up with.

I found solid brass pull knobs at Home depot, and Ray installed then on the end of a piece of 5/8″ dowel. He then put two large heavy brass hooks into the wall and hung the pieces. I put a smaller piece of dowling in the bottom sleeve to hod them down.

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Here is Althea in her place of honour.

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….and Adele in hers….

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We’re on a roll…as I write this, Ray is preparing another dowel to hang my Dahlov Ipcar piece in the TV room.

A yucky January thaw is suddenly upon us, and we’ve gone from ridiculous cold and snow  to mild and melting . I have my fingers crossed that the basement doesn’t flood, or the world become a skating rink when it once again drops below freezing. Never a dull moment this winter!

4 thoughts on “How Do I Hang Thee?

  1. Hello Elizabeth
    I have been reading your blog for a long time. I just have to tell you, your rugs are simply stunning. Just incredible work and hung beautifully. The finishing is perfection. Really enjoyed seeing them all today. On a bleary, rainy yucky day here in Pennsylvania, USA.

  2. I have a slight variation on the rug tack technique. My husband uses L brackets and makes a frame the size of the rug (slightly smaller) and then puts rug tack strips onto the four sides and a wire with eye screws to hang the frame. Then we stretch the rug on the frame. It preserves the walls and makes it easy to take the rugs down.

    • That’s brilliant Janet. Why didn’t I know that before. Emma Sue will be in a show in March, and that would be a perfect way to hang her, as she has no pocket or tabs. Thanks so much for the information.

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