Here is one of the photos I submitted to be voted on. After all the votes were tallied, it turned out that I had won the Competition! I was so thrilled and excited. I received a cash prize from Natalia and decided to frame the rug. I mounted it on acid-free foam core and had a mat cut professionally for it.
I found out a few months ago that my rug was featured in both the Miniature Needlework Society International's magazine (based in England) and a Spanish needlework magazine! I ordered a copy of the first one so that I would have a copy to keep with my rug. I will mount it in a plastic sleeve on the back of the frame.
As you can see from the collage picture on the cover at the top right, all of the rugs were beautifully done and so completely different. Many thanks to Natalia for initiating the contest and for the beautiful design we were given to stitch. 🙂
By this time in the competition, everyone's rug looked so different that it was hard to imagine that they were the same pattern. Amazing to see what different colors will do!
October's installment filled in the right side of the rug. I decided to use the diagonal motif to change the colors and did dark blue on one side and light blue on the other. I also tied in one section with another already stitched and made them the same so that the motifs blended. Can you see the one that matches the one I have stitched in October?
November's installment was a very odd shape. I was very intrigued to see what Natalia would fill in next.
December's installment has almost finished the rug. I decided to go with the same idea as I did in October and change the colors on either side of the diagonal motifs.
Here is the rug with January's installment finished and the fringe put on. It was such a lot of fun to stitch and I learned a lot while doing it. This one I spent quite a bit of time blocking it to make sure it was straight before finishing the sides.
The next few months of the competition were uneventful and I enjoyed learning more about putting colors together. When I received a piece of the pattern, I would input it into my design program then experiment with the colors I had chosen to see how it would look in different combinations. I would then send pictures of my choices to my daughters and husband and ask them to vote on which they liked the best. I would stitch the one that had the majority of votes.
June's installment. For this month, we were asked to design something to fit inside a square in the middle that Natalia outlined for us. I decided to chart a sun/moon motif that was inspired by a Mexican Tile that I saw. The colors of the tile were almost exactly the colors that I was using so it seemed to fit my project very well.
Since it was Summer, Natalia released both July and August's installments together. This way we could work on our projects over the summer at our own pace. The rug is really starting to take shape and I looked forward to seeing what came next.
September's Installment completed. I experimented with using the more bright colors in the rug to complete this section and really liked the results. It looked as if there wasn't much more to do before the rug was finished.
In February of 2018, I entered a contest run by Natalia Frank of Natalia's Fine Needlework. The contest was to complete a petitpoint rug on 40 count or higher. Natalia would release one section of the rug design each month and we could choose the colors we wished to use. I had only done one petitpoint project so far and wanted to learn more about it so I thought the competition would be a great way to do so. The competition would last a year and at the end of it, voters would decide who won. Below are photos of the first 4 months of stitching.
April and May's installment completed. We were given both parts of the pattern at once this time. Choosing the colors was a lot of fun and everyone's rug looked so different.
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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