I am constantly browsing the internet to find new (to me) antique rug styles that I like. These three are all so vastly different but each called to me. So far, I don't think I have found any one style of rug that I like better than another. Often, I will find a picture of an antique rug and use some elements of them and alter others to make them fit the area of the rug better.
My Katy rug is based on an Aubusson style rug. I embellished the designs quite a bit in this rug and only the basic outline remains of the original antique rug I fashioned this after. I also had difficulty choosing what color scheme I liked the best so I kept them all!
I liked the long, diagonal stripes that I saw in the antique rug that inspired my Nadine rug and decided to try my best to work around that design. It, also, was an Aubusson style rug but the border reminded me of Chinese patterns. The original was in shades of brown, but I liked reds and golds for mine.
I love blues in a rug for some reason and really liked working on the Hermione rug as it used only shades of blue and white in the design. It is patterned after an antique Chinese rug.
Sometimes, the designs are done such that it repeats every quarter of the rug. When this happens, I can simply chart 1/4 of the rug then flip the design into each of the other quarters of the rectangle. This helps me to decide on the final size of the rug. Sometimes I think I will be working on a 4" x 6" rug and by the time I am done, have to add more rows and suddenly it is a 5" x 7" rug.
Whatever the size of the rug, each new rug presents new challenges that I love to work out. Sometimes I am inspired to create and it comes together quickly. Other times I have to sit with it for a few days (or weeks) until I am satisfied with the design. Each new rug instills a new excitement in me and I can't wait to see it evolve.
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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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