Navajo Rug Weaving Mounted On Wall
My Mother asked me to weave her a blanket. So after my week long workshop and one more project, I felt nearly competent enough to accommodate her. I chose to weave a bed rug, rather than a full sized blanket. The size alone was a bit intimidating. What will I use as a loom, what will I use as a warping frame, WILL I EVER FINISH? Questions like that ran through my mind. Now that we’re living in this new house and have more room, my Mother prefers to drape it over a couch that she seldom uses to display it. The only problem is that couch sits in front of the two windows she has in her living room. Since sunlight is a no-no, as it would surely fade the colors of the wool yarn, she winds up keeping it covered most of the time and never gets to enjoy it. Florida is too warm for a wool bed rug 90% of the time, so she decided she would prefer to have it mounted on the wall where she could enjoy it all the time. I have another weaving I completed for myself that I plan to mount as well, so when I found the rods I liked, buy one get one free at Joann’s (it may have been 50% off) I thought now was a good time to get these hung and surprise my Mother while she’s out of town.
The first thing to do is place the ring clips evenly apart. I got two packages of 10, but realized that my Mothers weaving will require 11 clips to be evenly spaced and properly supported. So I may have to get one more package to mount my other weaving. Then I run the rod through and measure the total length from the top of the rod to the bottom of the fringe. I compare that to the wall and figure where I want the rod to sit, about 10 inches from the crown molding seems to be just about right. I must measure the width and figure how far apart the mounting brackets will need to be. About two inches in from each of the trim pieces on our wall boards. So using a bracket, tape measure and pencil, I mark the wall for the top of the bracket, and where the two screws go for each bracket. I measured down from the crown molding 9.5 inches ( 1/2 inch for the weight of the weaving) and two inches in from each trim piece on the wall board.
The mounting rods came with all the hardware, including screws and wall plugs. I drilled 1/8″ pilot holes in case there was a stud so the screw could be used alone. Realizing there were no studs at the locations I chose, I drilled 3/16″ holes over the pilot holes and tapped the wall plugs in with a hammer. Using the screws and plugs the brackets seem quite sturdy. I wouldn’t want to try swinging from them, but I don’t think they’ll have any trouble holding the weaving up. I placed the rod through the clip rings and onto the brackets. Make sure that each end of the rod extends an equal distance from the bracket on each side and the finials are facing the same direction. There is a screw to hold the rod in position, tighten that and it stays put. I have a few “torpedo levels” laying about the house and used one to see if I was close to having the weaving level, it looks close enough to me. The weaving has spent a good amount of time folded and it’ll need some time to relax and hang a little straighter.
Now I wait and see. Wait and see if my Mother likes where it’s displayed. I also need to pay attention to how it settles; it may need additional clip rings to support its weight properly to prevent it from sagging. I may need some light weight on the bottom to make it hang straight. If that’s the case; additional clip rings can be added to the bottom and a light rod can be hung from the bottom to keep it straight. As is the case with a lot of Tapestry weavings displayed on walls, they tend to look better when the bottom is closer to the wall than the top. that can be accomplished by adding the light rod at the bottom and attaching it to the wall closer than the brackets on the top. I can’t wait to get my other large weaving displayed too. I can’t wait to see my Mothers reaction when she notices it. 🙂
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