A few years ago, when I first started making minis, I made a needlepoint rug on 24 count congress cloth based on a real life modern original called Parasols by Thomas Paul. While it looked lovely in photographs, I was never very happy with the result.
Needlepoint on a lower count can look choppy, especially when there are a lot of curves to the design. The background also showed through more than I liked, and I ended up with more of an oval than a circle.
I had printed on velour paper, which had a nice texture but still wasn't as realistic as I wanted.
This was all before I had done a French knot rug, though I had considered redoing the design in punchneedle. I do like punchneedle, but French knots are just such a great texture in miniature. And, if I feel if I am going to bother doing the work, I might as well do it right. :D Considering the crazy detail of the Persian, I plan to start the Mod Flowers in French knots to have a simpler design to work on to offset the madness of the Persian.
I didn't print on fabric as I had for the Persian since I will be making a 7 13/16" diameter rug and the fabric printer sheets are only 8.5" wide. Not enough to add fabric for an embroidery hoop. So, I've used the transfer pen and tracing paper method. This is Aunt Martha's Tracing Paper and Sulky Iron-On transfer pen in black.
I took the velour paper printout and taped it to a sheet of tracing paper. I taped the paper to the window in the afternoon light and traced the design using a fine point Sharpie.
Jasper was eager to help.
I then flipped the paper over and traced the design with the transfer pen.
Having had shifting issues in the past, I taped the paper to the muslin fabric before ironing.
The design spreads a bit, but it will all be covered in the end. :] I just need to shop for more of the colored threads I used on the needlepoint version.
Ooooh! It will be gorgeous!
I know it will be wonderful!
You might try colonial knots. It will still look like French knots, but since they are a little larger it will go little faster.
I loved this rug the first time you did it, and the French knots will supercharge that feeling, I’m sure! And Jasper - he’s got to be one of the prettiest kitties I’ve ever seen. A very close second to the cat my aunt had when I grew up. Her name was Gypsy Rose and she was a stunner! Still miss her…
I didn’t know that you could improve upon amazing. This will be ultra-amazing!
it’s gonna be so pretty!
Jasper, keep on supervising. This cannot be done without your help.
Yes, he’s usually plopped on the couch next to me when I stitch, which is good until he sees STRING!!!!
Colonial knots are a thought…I’ll do a test swatch to see if I like the texture. I know I don’t care for them mixed with French knots in the same project, but on their own might be ok.
a Clean Copy for your proposed French knot area rug, which I’m sure will be even lovelier than the original!
Oh wow, this will be great! I agree about the close-up choppy qualities of curves in needlepoint, especially on such a clean, modern design. French knots will be perfect!
So, I have to ask… HOW do you have so much time for all these projects and get things done so quickly with the professional, realistic quality you’re known for?! I’m beginning to think you either have elves in your workshop or a time freezing machine.
Here I was thinking I was being a slacker lately.
I try to work a little each day on something, allowing myself time off to socialize and be lazy.
You must have wonderful hands to be able to do all of this needlework. I’m in awe of your talent.
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