This little vintage braiding rug stand with the old braided rug still threaded through it, and all the handmade braided rugs that came before it, have me reflecting on my mother and grandmother on this sentimental Mother’s Day.
This little braiding rug stand holds invaluable memories and family keepsakes.
As my grandmother handmade all of her own braided rugs that canvased her Maine home in the early 1900s.
This was the braiding rug stand she used,
which was later passed down to my mother, who also made her own braided rugs,
and now it is my memento to treasure.
Sadly, though I never carried on this braiding rug family tradition,
although earlier photos verify that I was certainly introduced to braiding and I remember it all very well.
Mother’s Day Reflections
With the sentiments of Mother’s Day upon me, I started to rummage through some old family photos while I was here in Maine getting our home Summer-Ready.
When I came across this next photo from 1969. My mother hand-wrote every date and place on the back of all her photos and they are all organized perfectly throughout numerous photo albums.
It is of me at 4 years old braiding my first braided rug on my mother’s braiding rug stand in the Den at our home on the Nubble in Maine.
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And you know what?
That black captain’s chair, well it was still up in our attic.
That green laundry basket, filled here with my mother’s cloth rug braids, resides in the linen closet.
That vintage blue chest of drawers, I recently refinished and is now in the guest bedroom at our Home in Vermont. See more in the post, Vintage Dresser Refashioned | Something Old Something New.
And I still have the leftover cloth rug braids too, all 54 years later.
So I decided to pull them all together for today’s blog post, dedicated to all the mothers who braided and taught their daughters how to braid their own rugs.
I think I need to try making a braided rug now, what do you think?
Have you ever made your own braided rugs?
Braiding Rug Stand
Truth be told, I don’t know that much about braiding rugs. I know that I enjoyed braiding rugs, but I gave it up when it came time to sew the braids together. This I remember well! I never had much patience, especially when I was younger.
Did you ever realize that a braiding rug stand was so simple?
All the braiding rug stand is, is a wooden contraption built to hold the cloth braids with a braiding clamp, while you sit in a chair and braid. You could make one of your own very easily.
This is what this old braiding rug stand’s clamp looks like close-up.
The braiding rug clamps seem to be very rare to find these days and I couldn’t find anything similar to this vintage braiding rug stand online either.
And for all I know honestly, my grandfather could have made this braiding rug stand. He was a carpenter and a builder, so it’s very possible and it does look a bit homemade.
SHOP VINTAGE BRAIDING STAND CLAMPS
And my mother used a simple clothespin to hold the cloth braids tight when she took a break from braiding.
I had not touched this in-the-making braided rug when I snapped most of these photos. This is exactly as my mother had left it the last time she was braiding this rug.
At some later date, my mother (or most likely my father) must have painted the braiding rug stand white from its original wood pine.
The white has gotten pretty dirty over the years, as I’m sure you can imagine.
Therefore I chose to repaint it with this guest bedroom’s blue trim, which is where this braiding rug stand has found a home.
Today I have 4 of my mother’s handmade braided rugs and 1 from my grandmother, along with this vintage braiding rug stand that embraces the formless braided rug.
All of which we use on our wood floors every day here at our home in Maine.
And these handmade braided rugs are some of my prize possessions today, next to Ella:)
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Then I decided to bring the black captains chair down from the attic.
It wasn’t as big as I had remembered it. Has that ever happened to you?
But I did remember that my mother had painted this chair herself and hand stenciled the details in gold.
She loved eagles so I am not surprised at all that the stencil was that of a Liberty eagle.
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I also found this fabulous small and vintage Fern Carter’s Braided Rug Book published in 1953 amongst my mother’s sewing and quilting books.
Which will look charming on a bedside table or dresser as a home decor accent.
The blog series “In My Mother’s Maine Home” is one of my favorite series here on the blog. Please drop by to see more of our family-inherited home from the time we inherited it, up until today.
You may also enjoy seeing more of this guest bedroom in the post, Small Cottage Guest Bedroom, Vintage and Delightful.
Along with our Summer Coastal Maine Home Tour.
Thanks, Mom for all the beach days growing up,
the ski days together with our fur hats,
and for teaching me to surround myself with close lifelong girlfriends.
And so much more!
Wishing you Lovely Mother’s Day Reflections.
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.
Be sure also to check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.