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...
the next before stitching the light color. It doesn't show through if you stitch the light color first and carry the dark thread across. However, just in case it did show through, I have stitched the light background first then started stitching the inner red line before I started the trees. I placed the tree in the corner first and did not run my starting thread under the light background. Once the tree was complete, I ran the green thread under the red stitching at the base of the tree then over the light stitches (not under them) to the next tree above it. In this way, I don't carry the thread over the light color very much and it doesn't show through. I am working my way up the left side of the rug in this fashion, first stitching the background, then the tree.
As you can also see, I once again, have not started in the middle of the pattern. This is simply my preference and your rugs can be started in the middle if you prefer that. When starting in a corner, I simply make sure my gauze is big enough to fit the frame and I choose a frame that has an opening that the rug will fit inside. I have the inside measurements of the frame opening written on the top of each frame so that I may choose the correct one for my project. This one is 1/2" larger in both directions so that I know it will fit. I start in a bottom corner and work my way outwards. Since I work my rugs this way, I do not have to make sure the center of my gauze is in the center of the fame opening. My rug will always fit and I won't have to re-position my gauze if I started in the middle and made a mistake finding the center.
To reduce counting, I work partway across and up then begin the background and motifs of the border. This way, I work my way up and across using my motifs to count my way. The largest stretch that I have to count in the border of this rug is 5 rows - a very easy number to follow. Once I have made my way to the top left corner and the bottom right corner, I begin working across the top and up the right side until they meet at the top right corner. As long as I have made no mistakes when counting out the border, everything should match up easily and the inner section of the rug will be easy to stitch.
This little stocking hasn't taken very long to stitch this far - this is one weekend's worth of intermittent stitching. For the little decoration on the tree I have used 1 strand of Krenik blending Filament (gold) stitched with French knots. It has given the little tree some glitter but unfortunately, the glitter doesn't show very well in the photo. I am going to try and finish this little stocking this weekend so that I may post the pattern for you. This one is on 48 count fabric. So far, I have designed 7 different stockings but will not be stitching them in order. Stay tuned for more stockings being stitched. I do have one pattern posted ready for you designed for 60 count fabric based on my Bargello chair in case you like to work on that fabric size. You may find it Here.
stitching some little Christmas stockings that I have designed so that I can offer the patterns for sale on the website. Stay tuned for more Christmas projects coming up!
This morning I finished stitching all of the pieces for the miniature chair I am making. As promised, here is a photo of all of the pieces together. Now, to begin piecing the chair together. Wish me luck!
I will post a photo of the chair once finished.
I have also just added two new items to our shop inspired by the little picture I designed for the back of this chair. You may find these patterns here.
Once the final side is done, I will work on the back, which is the last piece to do.
Along with working on the stitching for the chair, I have also been very busy photographing and uploading more products into our store. To help me with this endeavour, I built a small photography box out of white foam core. I found an adhesive LED strip that I could attach to the inside top of the box and cut a small rectangular hole in the top to allow my phone's camera to see through to the item. The front is also open so that I can take a photo of something standing. On the whole, it has worked well but the light was not white enough. I added another light on top and this seems to have helped quite a bit. I am currently taking new photos every day to add to the shop, so check back often as the inventory increases. At the moment I am adding dollhouse placemats.
Greetings all! I hope you all had a good summer (or winter, depending on your location). I spent many a happy hour outside gardening, going for long walks and generally enjoying the great outdoors. Now, as the weather is changing, I am turning my thoughts towards the indoor activities I love so much in the winter.
This past two weeks I have been busy with opening our online store located on this site. We now have our own domain - doublethefuncrafts.com - and we are excited to be moving forward. Over the next few months we will be paring down the number of items showing for sale in our Etsy shop and showing all of them here instead.
All patterns shown for sale here are actual printed patterns and includes our entire inventory. The Etsy shop will be used to sell all of our items needing to be shipped by tracked package and all digital items. (This is to allow us to be compliant with world tax rules that are evolving all the time.) Our bestselling patterns will still be there on an ongoing basis, but the majority of the patterns will only be visible here. Never fear, if it is a digital pattern you require, we will be happy to create a customized listing for you in our Etsy shop.
Once I get them uploaded, you will see a much larger inventory of our dollhouse Placemats than have ever been seen in our Etsy shop. You can browse our new shop Here.
Current stitching project:
Although not something related to our shop, I am currently stitching a petit point dollhouse chair in the Bargello style of stitching. I have the inside back, seat and both inside arms completed and am working on the outside left arm of the chair. Once that is finished, I only have the chair back and the right outside arm to complete. The chair is one I had already and didn't like the fabric so I gently took it apart (using short bursts of time in the microwave to melt the glue) and am using the fabric as templates for my own stitched pieces. I traced all of the pieces onto one large piece of 48 count gauze, making sure I left enough space for the extra fabric needed to glue it onto my chair pieces. It has been quite a learning experience so far and I look forward to putting it all onto my chair when I am finished stitching.
This chair will be going into a Santa's Cottage that I am slowly working on. Here is a teaser photograph of some of my stitching so far...
Looking forward to my next Project:
Since I am already working on the chair for my Santa's Cottage, I have decided to stitch my Christmas rug next. I will be starting it soon since my chair is almost finished. I always find that when I am near completion of one project, I start thinking of the next and can't wait to start. I have to be very disciplined with this or I would have a ton of unfinished projects to my name!!
Talk to you again soon...
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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