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How to Avoid Smiling While Weaving Navajo Frame Rugs

Smiling can ruin a beautifully crafted Navajo Frame Rug. It can happen for many reasons, and this article will cover the most common. Here are some tips to avoid smiling while weaving your Navajo Frame Rug:

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One of the most common mistakes to avoid while weaving a Navajo frame rug is smiling. Navajo people believe that perfection is not possible and thus intentionally incorporate imperfections into their pieces. This is why weavers often leave imperfections on the edges and in the center of their pieces. Luckily, this error is not easily noticed. Instead, it adds character to the piece. Here are some other common mistakes to avoid when weaving a Navajo frame rug:

Weaving a Navajo frame rug is a complex process, and it is easy to make the mistake of smiling. While this may sound counter-intuitive, it’s important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to weaving a Navajo frame rug. Often, mistakes occur because we don’t pay attention to details. The same principle applies to squatting down when weaving a Navajo frame rug.

Avoiding sunlight

In order to maintain the vibrant colors of Navajo textiles, you must avoid direct sunlight. Even indirect sunlight can weaken the weaving’s durability. While a bit of light fading is normal, direct sunlight can fade colors quickly. Avoid sunlight in a window when possible. However, if the fading is already visible, you can simply dab it with a damp cloth.

If you are planning to display your rug, keep it out of harsh light. Avoid fluorescent lighting and display it in a room without open windows. Try to avoid placing it near a wall where it could get exposed to dust and grease. Similarly, don’t place it near houseplants or near the kitchen. Smoke, grease, and insects can damage the rugs over time. Likewise, make sure to hang your weaving in a place away from pets and children.

Weaving Navajo Frame Rugs

While you are weaving a Navajo frame rug, don’t smile! That will only cause you to create an unflattering rug! A sour face isn’t going to be very pleasing to the viewer. Avoid smiling while weaving! Here are a few tips to help you avoid a smiley face:

Spirit Line: A Navajo frame rug often has what is called a “Spirit Pathway.” Some people believe that this line is a way to protect the weaver’s spirit when they’re creating an intricate design. In addition, a spirit line is visible in rugs with borders, but not all rugs with borders have this. The Spirit Line is usually located in the top right corner of the weaving.

Repairing Navajo Frame Rugs

There are many reasons why you should consider expert repair work on a Navajo frame rug. These include: valuable and collectible weavings, fugitive dyes, and Germantown weaves. If you suspect your rugs are suffering from any of these conditions, a specialist can provide you with an accurate price quote. Specialty cleaning can also remove pet urine and other difficult stains. The best way to get a quick quote is to e-mail a picture of the damaged area. Be sure to include your daytime phone number, address, and email address so that the re-weaving specialist can contact you immediately if necessary.

Some people have had their rugs for decades. Some have even spent decades driving their cars along their design lines. They want to preserve these precious textiles for future generations. To avoid this, you can ask for the help of a professional who knows how to restore Navajo frame rugs. Jackson Clark, the owner of Toh-Atin gallery in Durango, says Leroux can repair any Navajo weaving.

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