me at the moment. I have made mistakes in the middle before on another rug and had to take all of the middle stitching out to fix it because I noticed the other side of the rug wasn't lining up where it should. This was on my very first rug, the Butterfly Rug, the pattern for which can be found in my Free Pattern section here: Free Patterns. For that rug I stitched the background in Basketweave stitch because it had large areas with no motif, therefore, I couldn't do what I am doing now and had to fix it and continue in the direction I was going.
Hopefully, I will have more to show of my progress next week.
As the first day of 2023 draws to a close for Cheryl, myself and our families, I wish to extend our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful new year to all of you. Every year brings challenges and the last few years have definitely been a challenge for the whole world. Hopefully, this year we can all begin to live a more peaceful, rewarding life and begin to heal from the huge challenges we all faced with Covid, among other issues felt around the world. May we learn to live in harmony with our neighbors and celebrate that which makes us all unique individuals.
Many of us make New Year's Resolutions and I hope that if you have done so this year, that you will achieve what you wish to do. I don't necessarily make resolutions, but I do reflect on the past year and develop plans I wish to achieve moving forward. Many of mine this year revolve around renovation projects for my house but I have lots of plans also for new rug patterns and new stitching projects I wish to start this year. We plan to attend a couple of miniature shows as vendors and I will be travelling to Chicago for the first time to attend the Bishop Show in April (not as a vendor but as an attendee). This has been a plan of mine for the last 3 years and this year I will finally be able to go! I am looking forward to it very much.
I will also be travelling to Castine, Maine this year in June as a Guild School Scholarship recipient! I was so excited to have been chosen for one of the Scholarships and can't wait to find out which class/classes I have gotten into.
Work continues on my Katrianna Rug and I will post a photo of that soon showing my progress. The holiday times are so busy that I haven't had as much time to stitch as I would have liked but now that things will be returning to normal this week, I hope to begin stitching again in earnest.
Until next time, stay safe and Happy Stitching!
save all of the background until the end so I am finding it very interesting. I love seeing the colors emerge as I go. The hardest part is trying to decide whether to stitch upwards towards the next element or horizontally, so I find I do both. I am trying to finish working with a strand of background thread in one go so that I do not mix it up with the lightest of the flower colors. This is working well for me as I do not end off the other threads when I finish a motif and can very easily mix up the two colors. I run it off to the side of the stitches somewhere out of the way until I need it again. This helps reduce the number of starts and endings of a thread. However, if there will be a large section of background that I need to cross to get to the next motif, I will finish off the thread rather than carry it that far so that the back looks neater.
I am looking forward to seeing how much I can finish next week!
it in one go. As there isn't a lot of the palest peach, I also wait until I have a few flowers to fill in with that color before using it. This has helped me tremendously and I am making less errors now.
Tip* Another thing of note with this rug is that although it is easier to stitch the darker colors first, it is not the best way to do it. Dark colors show through the light colors if the light color is stitched over carried threads of darker colors. If you must stitch with a darker color first, make sure that no thread is carried across an empty space that will be filled in with a light color. It will take a bit more thread but always run the thread back through already stitched areas of darker color on the back before proceeding to a new area. If you have to cross an open area, park the thread (leave attached to your work and thread it into some holes away from the area you are working - this can be seen at the top of the photo above) then stitch the lighter color before picking up the thread again and crossing the area to get to the new dark area.
I am greatly looking forward to finishing the border and beginning the middle. Hopefully by next week...
This week I finished sewing my little Ruby-green pillow together. Pattern for this pillow may be found here: Ruby-Green. You may recall that this pillow was the one that had the least space between the edge of the pillow and the edge of the Christmas rug. I am happy to say my experiment worked beautifully and I now know that I can stitch small projects that close to the edge of a rug if I have some extra gauze. It is not for the faint-hearted though because there were very few rows that I had available to work with. It all paid off though because the little pillow went together very easily and I was able to get some great photos with which to write my tutorial. The tutorial will be coming soon and will be found in my Tutorial section. For now, I am just happy that it worked and I am now going back to stitching my Katrianna rug...
Today, I took my Christmas rug off the blocking board and completed the hemming of it. I was able to do the hemming very easily and the projects I stitched on the extra gauze around it are now cut off, ready for me to complete. I have been taking several pictures along the way so that I can write a new tutorial about the way I completed all of the projects on this piece of gauze.
Above, you will see a photo of the completed rug and two of it in place in my Santa's Cottage. The cottage is a 1/12th scale work-in-progress. Each year, I will be adding more to it until I am satisfied that it is complete. Are our miniature scenes ever truly complete though? I am hoping to stitch another chair (for Mrs. Claus) but also have many ideas to put into the cottage as well. I will see what I get done this year...
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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