Have you ever made a rug toupé?

My new, very large puppy, Leo loves rugs.  He loves to unhook the hooked rugs and he loves to chew the nap out of regular rugs.  I’m so glad that we don’t have any valuable antique orientals. 

I suppose I’m a perfect owner of such a naughty pup, since I am a rug hooker/maker.  One of the hooked rugs was just a narrow one for shoes by the back door.  That one wasn’t worth saving.  I may or may not make another one for that spot.  He also started un-hooking another rug on top of the antique trunk at the foot of our bed.  This trunk serves as a launching pad for the pups [we have three] to get up onto the bed.  I was able to fix that one and will wait until Leo is a bit more mature to put it back on the trunk.

Then there’s the regular rug where Leo has a bed and a bunch of toys.  He somehow nibbled the nap out of a very noticeable area.  I decided to make a toupé for that area.  I mean, it can’t look much worse! 

I had some Alafosslopi heavy wool yarn in a deep red that is fairly close in color to the rug, so I knotted it onto a piece of linen foundation.  I made the knots close together and it looked encouraging.  I then trimmed the linen and folded it to the underside and glued it down. 

The final steps were to glue the toupé in place and trim it down to match the height of the rug nap.  I must admit that the area is obvious, but I think it’s better than a bald spot.

There’s a lot of beauty out there, but not so much when your dog chews the household rugs.

Leo eyeballing his filled-in spot. It’s obvious, but aren’t all toupes obvious?

Leo eyeballing his filled-in spot. It’s obvious, but aren’t all toupes obvious?

Leo’s handiwork before being filled in.

Leo’s handiwork before being filled in.

Toupe in progress.

Toupe in progress.

Trunk topper before the minor unhooking and repairing.

Trunk topper before the minor unhooking and repairing.