As part of my learning curve in miniature Petitpoint, I decided that this rug needed a fringe. Not all rugs have fringes and it is often at the discretion of the maker to decide if they wish to add a fringe or not.
There is a wonderful tutorial on the website of a fellow Petitpointers@groups.io member and designer that I followed to create this fringe. It was easy to follow and my fringe turned out beautifully. Here is a link to the tutorial: petersonpetitpoint.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=10&products_id=129&zenid=b8d7522f81b57ccd4060d5c74de513e9
Here is the rug after the fringe was put on and it has been blocked. All rugs should be blocked once it is removed from the frame to help get it perfectly straight. As I look at the picture for this rug, I see that it isn't perfectly straight so I will block longer for my next rugs.
A wonderful tutorial regarding blocking a rug is also available at the same website mentioned above. Here is the link: petersonpetitpoint.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=10&products_id=128&zenid=b8d7522f81b57ccd4060d5c74de513e9
After blocking, I finished off the sides of the rug by using an overcast stitch over two threads. Below is a photo of the rug completed and in its place of honor in my dollhouse. Not bad for a first attempt!
The members of Petitpointers were very supportive of my learning attempts and were very happy to answer all of my questions. I am extremely grateful for their assistance.
I learned a lot while stitching this rug in regards to the type of stitch to use when doing Petitpoint. The stitch is different than Cross Stitch in that it only slants in one direction on the front instead of forming a cross. There are a few different types of stitches that look the same in the front but are different in the back. I spent some time reading about the different stitches on www.needlepointteacher.com/stitches/ which is a wonderful site that shows many different stitches that are done for needlepoint. The stitches are catalogued alphabetically so are easy to find.
The ones that are used primarily in Petitpoint are the Basketweave stitch and the Continental (or Tent) stitch. Tent stitch is often used to stitch lines and small elements, whereas Basketweave is often used to fill in larger areas such as the background. Some people feel that only Tent stitch should be used in petitpoint, while others like a combination of both to help prevent the rug from skewing in the direction of the stitches. Sometimes a half cross stitch is used but it doesn't cover the back of the gauze as well as the others.
Below is a photo of the Butterfly rug finished and awaiting the addition of a fringe.
In January 2018, I began stitching my first dollhouse rug. I started with 40 count silk gauze and found that it was very easy to see because the threads were quite thin so the holes were much larger than the usual evenweave cross stitch fabrics I was used to.
This rug is of my own design and was designed to grace the floors of my dollhouse which I named "Butterfly House". This pattern will not be available on my online store because there are elements in this design which are not my own. Never-the-less, I really enjoyed putting this design together and stitching it.
You may notice that I don't have the gauze on a wooden frame. Someone from the Petitpoint group I belong to suggested that I use heavy matboard and tape it in place. I did this and put another piece of matboard on the back to hold it more securely. I found I really enjoyed using a frame that was so lightweight. It was very easy to hold and to take with me on long car rides!
Since I didn't start this blog until December 2019, I will be posting progress photos in order until I have caught up with my current project. Hope you enjoy reading about my journey as much as I enjoyed living 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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