Tuesday, March 30, 2021


...buy ecru hairless linen again!  I have a file in my desk with foundation samples I requested from various vendors when a group of 4 of us decided to buy bulk to get a better price.  We decided on the ecru hairless linen since it was lighter in color than the natural hairless  linen.  It was purchased from the same vendor a friend of mine buys her natural hairless linen from and she swears by it.  Checked out to confirm it was the vendor I thought, and it was.

I wasn't aware of any issue with the hairless linen when first hooking this sizeable rug.
After time I noticed a loosening of the foundation at the ends since I would pick up the rug by the ends.  To avoid throwing the rug away I decided to patch it.  But the fibers were soft, would break and patching was a struggle.  The repair doesn't look so great under the rug.
But the view from the top is only a slight bulge on each end.   

After the repair I moved the rug upstairs in an area of my sewing room which doesn't get much traffic from me.  At least I'd have the rug to look at and extend its life.
Above is the last known piece of hairless linen in the house and will go in the trash next.  It is soft but slippery.  After hooking this rug and then pulling a thread to get a cutting line for a mat noticed the thread shred and break midway.  Big time warning sign the fibers were not stable.  Eventually after more breakage of that same thread I had the cutting line.  Decided to keep what I call the inferior backing for small table top projects and not for the floor.

In case you are wondering if I'd prepared the edges of my foundation properly before binding, the answer is YES.  I always do two rows of straight stitching and zig zag to join those together.  Also you can see I whipped the edge.  

I have seen the vendor working on her rugs at camp and  never once did I see  her work on hairless linen, ecru or natural; she used linen, regular linen.

Perhaps the hairless linen has a new improved version than the one I purchased but am not willing to spend the money to find out.  I'll stick to my Dorr natural primitive linen.



  1. Yowsers....that totally stinks...I can only imagine the time you put into that. Good to know for when I next buy linen...if I only remember. Oh wait! I never buy linen because I never hook anymore and even if I did, I buy my patterns already on the linen because I am not fond of enlarging patterns or finishing the edging without a surger. Whew. One less thing to cram in my aging memory banks. Pretty rug though! ~Robin~

  2. Sooo I have been thru this too but was stopped just before a bolt purchase by a wise hooker. She took a thread out of each sample and attempted to break them. The one I was set to purchase snapped apart.

  3. I would have cried seeing my rug fall apart after working on it ....that's terrible ....I prefer to buy patterns already printed on linen too , small things are easy to draw , but big projects I want to be printed correctly . I'm not as patient as I used to be ..LOL

  4. Yikes! I am sure you did everything right also. heart wrenching

  5. This would make me cry. So many hours it takes to hook a rug. Janice

  6. Oh that's so sad to go through that much work and having it wear prematurely. I suppose on the brighter side, it helps to know what you don't like in order to reaffirm what you do like - weak, I know. It's a beautiful rug.

  7. That's a big shame,,,wow,,,
    It's a Beauty,,,

  8. Oh dear, that stinks! Hairless linen? What are the advantages over regular linen? Is there a hairy linen? Does all hairless linen have this issue? Could it have been a bad batch? I wonder if the bad linen is made from the short fibers that don't make it into the good stuff. Or if the chemicals to make it ecru did it bad. Is this intended for rugs, or for things like mats to put on a table? I think I'd save that last bit, write what it is in permanent marker, with a note never to buy it again. Although after this it's probably burned into your brain now. Give samples of it to new hookers as a warning? Sorry - so many questions from your non-hooking reader!

    I wonder - can your rug be sewn to a good backing? Not just around the edges, I mean tacking it every inch, like they do to conserve fabrics in museums. Or would it only delay the inevitable? Maybe it's better to consider this a lesson learned and move on and re-make it from scratch or a whole new design?

  9. I have seen that linen before. Do you think the vendor was aware?? How sad that you spent your time and money on a beautiful rug that will eventually fall apart.

  10. I have hooked with hairless since I started in 2005. Never had a problem, but it was the natural and not the ecru.
    How sad....


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