the main elements are done can quickly become very boring and can be the source of many unfinished projects. To reduce the possibility of my becoming bored, I try to do background as I am working on the main motifs. Working background can be a wonderful source of relaxation if motifs are difficult because it gives me a break from meticulous counting. This rug is not a difficult one to stitch but it is still nice to have some stretches of time where I don't have to count.
Hoping you are also enjoying time stitching or crafting for your miniature scenes. I would love to see what you are doing. Until next time...
Near the top of the photo you will see a dark red thread coming out of the middle. This is called "parking a thread". I do this with my threads when I have stitched an element and will be using that color again near where I finished the element but don't want to carry it under my surrounding stitching, or count up to the next area it should be used. In this case I will be using the dark red in the garland that adorns the tree. Instead of finishing the thread and having to start again, I have saved it out of the way of my current stitching (the cream background) so I won't accidentally stitch over it and will pick it up again later when I begin the garland. I will have to move the thread later when I stitch more of the tree but, for now, it is out of the way.
This comes in very useful when you are stitching an area with many color changes. If you stop and start your threads each time you would have a very bulky back on your rug. Since it will be carried behind an already stitched area, it doesn't show from the front through the color you have stitched if that color is a darker color. It is still a good idea not to carry threads over a light area of stitching. If you do wish to stitch over it, simply park your thread in the direction you will need it again and stitch over it before picking it back up again to stitch with. Later, when I am done the rug, I will post a photo of the back of the rug for you to see.
If you are unfamiliar with the Basketweave stitch there is a great description of it here: Basketweave . I have used Tent or Continental stitch for the border and have found that basketweave is a nice stitch to do when covering larger areas of stitching in the same color. It also helps keep my rug more square after I have blocked it.
nears completion I start obsessing (that is the best work I can think of to describe my feeling) over what pattern I will do next. I have so many that I wish to do that I often have a hard time deciding which one. I once read a post from Bill Robertson (a fabulous Miniature Artist) where he was asked which his favorite piece was that he had made. He replied "the one I am working on now". He said it is always the project he is doing currently because there are always new elements of design that he challenges himself with. That is how I feel about my petit point designs. My newest design always becomes my favorite and this makes it difficult to choose any one pattern. By the time I have finished my current project, I may have designed a couple more, thus the choice becomes so difficult. I do have one design that keeps calling to me so I imagine that will be what I choose next. That choice is a long way off at the moment though, so I can relax and enjoy stitching this one. I am very much looking forward to working on the Christmas tree and presents in the center.
mistake in the first place. Luckily for me I don't have any counts of gauze smaller than 40 count so I couldn't accidentally mount one of the lower counts. This would have been disastrous as the rug would not have fit and I would have had to start over. Therefore, lesson learned - always count my gauze first and don't assume that I have the right one. I do have all of my gauze labelled but this piece had been mounted in the frame for several months and I must have mounted it thinking of doing one of my rugs designed for 48 count then picked it up for my Christmas rug. I think if I mount a gauze that I will not be using right away in the future, I will pencil the count onto the frame so that I can't forget.
Once I figured out my mistake, I had to frog out the extra stitching. As you can see, I still have some frogging to do but decided to stitch the corner so that I would know how far to take out the rest of the stitching. My finished size for the rug will now be approximately 3 5/16" x 5" (8.4 cm x 12.7 cm). I am stitching it to go into my Santa's Cottage. The little cottage is quite small but still 1/12th scale. It only has one room upstairs and one downstairs. I will be creating two room areas on each level so they will be small compared to the rooms in my Beachfront Mansion. Therefore, it may be a blessing in disguise that I have stitched this on 48 count instead of 40.
This rug obviously will not take up the whole of the gauze, so I am planning to stitch some of my 48 count Christmas stocking designs and 48 count pillow designs around it before I take the rug off of the frame. In this way I will use up much more of the canvas and will just block everything at the same time when finished. It will be interesting to see how many designs I will be able to stitch around it...
My name is Yvette, and I will be writing this blog to tell you about the creative process that has gone into the creation of my Petitpoint patterns along with showing the stitching I have done of some of the rugs.
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