Hand-Stitching Carpets

Project: Executive Mansion, Episode 11, Part 4



Bob looks on as a small kitchen is finished up in the private section of the governor's mansion. State-of-the-art appliances like the GE Advantium oven help create a more practical, efficient space for the first family.

In the bedrooms, a recycled carpet is being put down, while downstairs, in the Ladies' Parlor, fancy-patterned Wilton carpet from England is stitched together in the traditional manner.

Last, local artist Elaine Haviland is in her studio in Richmond's elaborately restored Landmark Theater, demonstrating how she creates the mahogany wood grain finish for the doors.
Part 1: Faux-Finishing the Doors
Part 2: Reviewing the Kitchen Appliances
Part 3: Installing the Carpets
Part 4: Hand-Stitching Carpets
Bob learns about hand-stitching carpets, as he watches Peter Mead use a traditional technique in the Ladies' Parlor of the Virginia governor's mansion.
In Richmond, Virginia, the oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion in America is in need of serious repairs, and Bob Vila's team is there to help. Projects include the complete overhaul and modernization of the basement to include a state-of-the-art caterer's kitchen for official functions, all new mechanical systems, and updates for handicapped accessibility.

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