In June of 2019, I began stitching my Heather rug pattern. This one appealed to me because of all of the flowers. I felt it would be a fun challenge to do. You will notice that I don't have the lines penciled in on this gauze. I decided that since I had now stitched a few rugs, I felt confident that I could count my stitches fairly well as long as I don't try to count too far from the last thing stitched.
I have found, after trial and error, that dark colors will show through light colors if they are stitched first. Therefore, with this rug, I stitched all of the pale cream first before I stitched the flowers and leaves of the border. It was a little harder to see where I was in the pattern at first, but I got used to it and was able to do it without too many mistakes.
Above is a photo of the border started.
Once I had the borders completed, I started on the flowers. There were many color changes when doing the flowers, so I often stitched for a while with one color then switched to another when I had to count too far. This way I didn't have too many errors. Occasionally, I had to fix an error, but not often. I had many needles on the go so that I could pick up one when I needed it.
In order to keep things interesting, I worked on the background a bit as well. This way I could see how the pattern was progressing. I chose to use an overdyed floss for my background as I wanted to see how it would look with an "abrash" effect. Unfortunately, the effect doesn't show up much in the picture but looks great in real-life. (Abrash coloration in rugs (pronounced ‘uh-brash’) is the differing color patterns, colorations, and various shades or hues within a rug. It is one of the most common and typical characteristics of a genuine oriental rug, and especially among older or 'nomadic' handmade rugs.) For examples of the "abrash" effect, you can see them here: nazmiyalantiquerugs.com/blog/oriental-rugs-with-abrash-color-variations/
I took this rug on holiday with me and my nieces and nephew had a great time watching me stitch this!
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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