I've been a little slow to update you on my progress on the restoration project of the Gocmen kilim and can actually show you some nice progress shots already. However, I want to back track a little bit because I want to share the restoration process step by step. I left you off with yarn selection so I'm going to post pictures of what I thought were the best suited yarns for
the project. When restoring a kilim, choosing the right yarn is critical. It's virtually impossible to match the yarn perfectly, but a fantastic repair is one done with yarn close to the original in terms of color, texture, shade, material, and age.
Bright colors are actually easier to match than the beige neutral colors, partly because of photo oxidation. That's why I have a HUGE supply of lighter colored yarns.
That's it - once I collected these yarns, I had all I needed for my restoration. The right yarns, some nails, some needles, wood to build a loom around each hole, and time. Lots and lots of time. The perfect recipe for a weaver! - www.traditionalrugrepair.com