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How to Make a Coat from Two Kilim Carpets

Photo: Kenneth D. King

I recently held a sit and sew workshop with Susan Khalje in Baltimore, Maryland. We held it in her husband's oriental carpet gallery, so I had a look around at the beautiful rugs.


That's where I fell in love with this rug, one of a pair.

As an aside, Susan and I are scheduling sit-and-sew dates for 2014. And if you ever need a beautiful carpet, Susan's husband, Qadir, is the person to contact!

This rug was one of a pair. Susan gave me the pair of 4-by-6-foot Kilim rugs in the same pattern.


The photo isn't distorted. These rugs were handwoven, so they aren't symmetrical, which is part of their charm!



Here's a detail shot.

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Comments (13)

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: There will be four posts for this coat, so collar and sleeves will follow--stay tuned!

Posted: 8:00 pm on September 8th

user-2657171 user-2657171 writes: Have I missed an e-mail. I have received several Threads e-mails since this posting but still no instructions for collar and sleeves.
Posted: 5:10 pm on September 8th

Dendy Dendy writes: Wonderful and Crazy and a whole lot of funnn. HUH? Can't wait to see the finished product Great boundry patternbreaking!!!
Posted: 1:14 am on August 22nd

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: To Luvthreadsmagazine: I used my Reliable i500 steam iron for this, along with the water, and the mallet. It really penetrates though, well, carpet!

To HarmonyQ: Yes indeed it was Cockeysville--I stand corrected. Susan's husband has some spectacular carpets in his gallery there! And, yes-whacky!

To Gigidear: I used my Bernina 1260 to sew this. The machine did well going through the carpet, but I dulled a couple packs of size 16 needles! The one drawback came when sewing the sleeves (there are four posts total for this)--the arm of the machine could have been longer, and that would make sewing the sleeve easier.

To the rest: Thanks for the kind words!
Posted: 5:47 pm on August 21st

GigiDear GigiDear writes: Beautiful. Much better use of such carpet than a table cover. I'm really curious, what type of machine was used to stitch this. It must be an industrial machine. My little home machine would quiver and die at the prospect. :-)
I have a few antique Orientals and I love the irregularities. Folk art forever!
Posted: 1:02 pm on August 21st

designs designs writes: Looks like another fabulous garment, Kenneth! Can't wait for the second half of the process. Love all the photos and text. Definitely makes it sound doable. May have to look for some carpets!
Posted: 10:22 am on August 21st

HarmonyQ HarmonyQ writes: Tell it like it is, Kenneth! You were in Cockeysville, not Baltimore, and right down the street from where I work. If I had seen you and the oh-so-talented Susan together, I would have instantly passed out! Can't wait to see the finished results of the coat. By the way, I concur. You are whacky! Lol
Posted: 8:38 am on August 21st

Metzy Metzy writes: How fun is that? I am looking forward to the finished product.

Posted: 7:53 am on August 21st

sunbinder sunbinder writes: Oh Mr Diva,
Before I opened my email,I knew you were the creator of this carpet jacket.
love it!
Thank you for taking us out of our boxes. Liberating us to think creatively.
dale :)

Posted: 4:27 am on August 21st

tulleyhi tulleyhi writes: As always-entirely inspiring! Thanks for being a boundary breaker, and sharing with us all.

Posted: 7:06 pm on August 20th

Moonbeams Moonbeams writes: Oh. My. Goodness. You are definitely amazing and creative. I thought I was doing well to make hooded coats from throws. And you tackle a coat. I do feel relieved that you had the buttonholes professionally done. LOL

Can't wait to see the end result.
Posted: 6:31 pm on August 20th

MAKS MAKS writes: Thank you so much for showing us these great techniques. I am looking forward to seeing the finished jacket.
Another fan of yours!
Posted: 5:49 pm on August 20th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Senor King,

Creative congratulations are in order.

Now about that steam iron chatter; is such a device involved in taming a rug into a coat? Have we been privy to your steam iron antics vis-a-vis a poignant review, and I missed it?

A steam driven fan of yours
Posted: 12:03 pm on August 20th

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