>Repairing floral afghan


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I few days ago I received a phone call from a nice lady who needed an afghan repaired that her
aunt had made. So this morning I went to her house to discus the item in question. It has large number of holes in it. Most are in the green thread which is not uncommon colored threads sometimes have more issues than whites. Also that part of the pattern has a lot of chains which tend to be the weak link in afghans. It has a lovely fringe on the edge it would have been nice if it had had another set of knots tied in it or maybe even two sets just a little more formal for something that has so much work it was like the ball was dropped there.

fringe edge on afghan needing repairs

I have actually repaired this same pattern before about 4 years ago for an old neighbor. Funny thing is this lady is almost an old neighbor she only lives about 7 blocks from my old house in American Fork how funny is that.

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I went through my thread stash looks like I have some pretty good vintage matches for this afghan there are actually two shades of green in the afghan and one shade of white and one of pink. The bad thing about white is that I can not make the thread have the same patina as the original as it has never had the same wear and tear even though it is about the same age. So it will be a little bit different but that can’t be helped that is how it is most times with repairs.

matching thread to repair afghan withafghan  in need of repair

Tutorials on this repair


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Orquídea Sánchez Azorín
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 13:36:27

    >you are amazing … impossible to notice the difference … what yarn do you used… 😉


  2. Elena Miryam
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 14:52:36



  3. sunshine
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 15:11:30

    >I use what ever thread I can find that matches. I collect all kinds of thread from thrift stores, garage sales and any where else I can find antique and vintage thread. I store them by size and color so when I need to match something I look there first. I like to use old thread with old afghans to keep them as close to original as possible. Some do not have labels any more so it is impossible to say with some.


  4. Kristin
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 15:23:23

    >Wow…I am so impressed.


  5. Allison
    Jul 22, 2009 @ 23:12:34

    >You have done an amazing job! I visit your site daily from South Africa and i am just blown away at your productivity. You are amazing Girl!!! I try to crochet every day but i work full time so I move along slowly.Your blog is an inspiration so keep it up!Al


  6. Cal
    Jul 23, 2009 @ 00:40:47

    >It's great that you can mend such beautiful items. It is a gorgeous Afghan. I love the colours.Cal x


  7. Murai
    Aug 01, 2009 @ 04:30:41

    >I am so happy to have found your tutorial!! I have an lovely antique Irish Lace Tablecloth, from Ireland, that is a very similar rose pattern. I came to own this beautiful piece of art because the woman who inherited it from her grandmother thought it was too old-fashioned and was going to throw it out!! Can you imagine? Anyhow, it has a wee hole right near the edge that needs to be repaired (it looks like the thread pulled loose.) So, I have safety-pinned the loop to keep it from unraveling and am reading and re-reading your tutorial. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain how you do what you do. 🙂


  8. Anonymous
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 14:28:39

    >Oh my, I was so amazed to see this afghan! My mother did this very same pattern, colours and all for my wedding gift nearly 50 years ago! It is such a treasure for that reason, but also the amount of work it represents. I'm delighted to see that you were able to repair this one – now I'll have to take another good look at mine to see if there are any repairs required. Vicki


    Nov 03, 2009 @ 01:21:40

    >HI, im xie from malaysia…what a interesting blog…i also love to crochet and sew a thing..now, im asking ur permission to save all your thread as my reference..thank you for ur kindness…


  10. sunshine
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 05:00:25

    >please book mark my site and come back often look forward to see you in the comments area


  11. wranglermama
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 15:35:58

    >I was shocked to see this tutorial when I searched for "repairing vintage afghan!"My neighbor was looking for help with the very same one! Hers has some pretty large holes though.Anyway, do you (or anyone else) know where this pattern came from? I see a few other people said they also have the same one, and you did one the same as well. And does anyone want to share the pattern or directions for the floral squares with me? I am a fairly experienced crocheter, but figuring out the flower is probably beyond my abilities. (However, it doesn't seem that any of the flowers are damaged. But I'm not 100% sure.) My neighbor would be so appreciative of any help–her mother crocheted it for her when she was pregnant, 60 years ago! She would like to pass it on to her daughter some day.


  12. sunshine
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 16:59:51

    >this one had large holes it doesn’t any more. I do not have the pattern for this one I have similar patterns it is just an irish rose in the center that has 8 petals if you go through he whole tutorial it will explain most things you need to know on how to do repairs it is several posts long


  13. wranglermama
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 17:05:22

    >Irish rose–Thank you!!!


  14. sunshine
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 17:10:22

    >there are 4 rows of 8 petals make sure you find one like that yours may be different double check to make sure


  15. Anonymous
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:10:11

    Do you have a pattern for this floral afghan? or know where I can find it on the internet? I have looked for it everywhere.Thank You,Nancy


  16. sunshine
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:45:51

    I do not have it the pattern is from the 30's or 40's size 10 thread. I just repaired it. I have the copies I made but I never wrote the pattern down just duplicated it


  17. sunshine
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 05:41:37

    I went looking for it and found the name it ishere you goRose Bower BeadspreadOld and New FavoritesCoats & Clark's O.N.T. 1954


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