French Empire dollhouse miniature carpet in 1/12th scale is not nearly close to be finished. I flipped the rug over to continue stitching it from the center down to the bottom. I am working on the rows of solid colors that I call dividers or connectors. I like to use the word “connectors” more than “dividers”, because these lines do connect the borders of the carpet. You probably can’t see, but there are 25 total of rows on each side of the carpet between the borders, and they take a long time to finish.
Let’s do some Math. The pattern of French Empire miniature rug has 541 x 661 stitches. It means there are 1,082 stitches of 25 lines (top and bottom) and 1,322 stitches of 25 lines (left and right sides), making total of 27,050 stitches (1,082 x 25) top and bottom, and 33,050 stitches (1,322 x 25) both sides.
25 rows on each side of the carpet make total of 60,100 stitches. It takes me 444 stitches of these rows of solid colors to complete in 1 hour, or it will take me 135 hours to complete all 25 rows of solid colors between the borders. Obviously, I finished a little bit more than have of them, but still a lot to go.
If you look at the top of the carpet that is stitched, you probably won’t even notice these 25 rows of solid colors between the rows. A little reminder, I am stitching on 60 count silk gauze.
You might want to ask WHY? WHY is all that madness?
The customer who commissioned this rug requested the size of the carpet to be 11″ x 9″. When I worked on the design I needed to balance the elements of the carpet. To achieve a harmonical balance and stay within the requested size I had to add these rows to the design. I can tell, it seems to be faster to stitch these rows of solid colors along with the pattern while working on different motifs than just devote time to finish them separately.
What are you working on today?
Going through the past several years has brought me a lot of loneliness and hurt losing loved ones. The past several years has also brought me some comfort that I found through support of people who felt like offering that support. So much comfort that it took me this long to realize just how impactful that can be.
I also found the comfort in needlework. Each stitch I made on canvas equivalent to a stitch on my soul that one day should be healed. Needlework for me is a home of friends. When you fall, it picks you up, it lets you breath, it keeps you going on. It is amazing how you can feel sadness and sorrow till you pick up a needle. Are you familiar with this feeling? Do you find comfort in your needlework?
So, what I am trying to say, thank you everyone for making this world richer, more beautiful and peaceful by creating and sharing wonderful Art of Needlework. Happy National Embroidery Month!
One can think that the hardest part in making a miniature rug is stitching on silk gauze. If you think so – you are wrong! Stitching on silk gauze is meditating. All work starts when the stitching is complete. This is where it could be tricky. There are still so many ways you can trash hundreds of hours put in stitching. You need to block the rug, the sides must be finished properly, and the fringe should be added if desired.
The commissioned Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point KAZAK rug is off the frame. To remind, I stitched it on 40 count silk gauze with Gloriana and Colorworks silks.
The rug has been stretched on the blocking board for about 2 weeks. I do prefer stretching my finished rugs vs steaming with the iron to be sure that the sides are even. I also spray some water on the top to “relax” the warp and weft of silk gauze and smooth the hairiness of silks. If you remember from my previous post I purchased this cool vintage stretching board from an antique store recently and am so pleased I did it.
When I felt I was mentally prepared I put more hours in finishing left and right sides with black color silk. The fringes were added next day.
Here is the look of the backside
The customer advised to make the fringe looking more antique. I added a few applications of strong tea staining the fringe. I had to wait when the fringe dries between the applications.
The difference is noticeable, true? Now I can say that the commissioned Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point KAZAK rug is officially completed. I can’t wait to see this rug in the setting. The original design could be seen and purchased as a pattern/kit on my website HERE.
Dollhouse Miniature Petit Point KAZAK rug is finished and here it is that moment of triumph laying down last stitch.
The rug was finished a few days ago, but I had an opportunity to stretch it on the blocking board only today. Usually I was using a bass wood board for blocking. Recently I went to an antique store in Cedar Rapids, IA and saw this blocking board used for stretching doilies. I knew I would have enjoyed it. Love the size! I am going to add a couple more of finished stitching projects on it soon. Also thought that now it will be much easier to stretch the round rugs.
It looks soo tiny on this big board! The rug will be resting on the blocking board for about a week. Meanwhile I picked up another ongoing project – miniature Petit Point rug VESNA that I am stitching on 50 count silk gauze with Gloriana silks.
This is it for today.
Happy weekend stitching!
I would like to invite to sign up for my new on-line course “Petit Point Miniature Christmas Stocking HO-HO-HO!”. This course is for those who wants to learn Petit Point and stitching on silk gauze.
As a project I chose a miniature Christmas stocking. I thought you might like an idea to make a Christmas stocking and decorate your miniature scene just in time for Christmas. If you are not a dollhouse miniature fan, a series of finished miniature Christmas stockings could serve as a decoration for your mini table Christmas tree.
This is a beautiful and simple at the same time design that uses only 5 colors. You will learn how to frame the silk gauze, practice the stitches, learn the finishing techniques, and much much more.
The kit contains all sufficient supplies to finish the project: 40 count framed silk gauze, DMC floss, needle, chart with color symbols, trim and backing.
The registration for the on-line course starts on the 17th, October, 2022 and ends next Monday, October 24th, 2022.
Purchasing the kit for this course is not required in the case if you have supplies (the list of supplies will be offered).
You can sign up for the course HERE and buy the kit HERE.
I started stitching a reproduction of an antique Alphabet sampler finished by Dolores Serra back in June trying to finish at least one letter a day each evening. In spite of a fact that I spent 10 days out of the June month in Castine miniaturing, I managed to finish 1 set of the Alphabet in Blue last month.
This sampler attracts my attention with its simplicity and purity. It is very enjoyable letter by letter, evening by evening to fill out the white space on 32 count Belfast linen with Au Ver a Soie silk.
Coming into July I am still trying to work on one letter each evening of the next set of the Alphabet but now in Red. The letters of this alphabet set are much bigger and take more time to finish, but very rewarding.