The Persian - printed fabric

by brae  

Continuing the saga of the Persian rug.  I've used tracing paper and transfer pen drawings in the past to make stitching patterns.  Considering the intricacy of the Persian pattern, I didn't think I would be able to map all of the fine details without spending countless hours.  Plus, the transfer pen is only so fine for small details.  Instead, I opted to print the existing pattern directly on fabric.

I scanned the pattern from the book on a high DPI setting and then copied the quadrant in PhotoShop to make a whole chart image.  I edited the image for contrast, brightness, hue and saturation to make a very pale version.  After resizing in Word, I printed a facsimile of the rug measuring approximately 8" x 4 3/8".  This seemed a bit tight to me considering the fine details of the chart versus knot size, so I printed a second version at 8.5" x 5 3/8". Using this method, you can make the rug a custom size without being limited by thread count of your fabric.  This will be a large rug, but lovely.  :D

I've printed on fabric in the past with mixed results.  In this instance, it doesn't much matter if the color is true or vibrant since my threads will provide the final color and texture.  I recently helped a family friend with a fabric printing project, and she gave me the leftovers.  This is the particular brand of printable fabric I will use for this project.

After printing on the finest settings, I let it dry completely.  Here it is before removing the paper backing.

Per the instructions, I ran the fabric under water.  Ink residue discoloring my stitching over time would be bad, bad, bad.  I sped up the drying process with a hairdryer.  There's a hint of the grid in the whiter areas and even the color areas are boxy from the chart image.

It's a faint pattern but good enough to follow, and for me, a lot easier than trying to focus on counting silk gauze.  I'll also have the original chart to follow along.  Using the Bees and Trees rug as a guide, this rug should top out around 210 hours of stitching time. The advantages are the precise replication of the original design and the fact that the colors are printed in place, so I can keep better track of which colors to use where.  I'm not following the grid here, but it will help in the center portion where there are vines.

Since the printer fabric measures 8.5 x 11", I sewed on scrap fabric to mount the print in the Morgan 12" No-Slip Hoop.  It has a groove in the middle that keeps the hoop from coming apart until you loosen the wingnut.  (My review here.)  I use this hoop with the Baby Z Lap Frame.  I have a clip-on LED and can use my standard 3.5X magnifying readers for needlework.  :]


Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Bravo! Great solution! I'm excited for you; this will be a beautiful rug.
01/31/17 @ 17:23
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
oh wow! That looks like it'll be much easier to stitch.
01/31/17 @ 17:33
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]
Now this I think I could do. This process seems much better and as you say, you have a visual of what colours should be where. Thanks for sharing :0)
02/01/17 @ 00:52
Comment from: Maria [Visitor]
I want to do two questions to you... Firts :Is a needlepoint rug? or a bunka rug? i I do not distinguish it well.. Second : It can give me l a direction where to buy the paper to stamp ?. Only I know one that makes the fabric hard and something brilliant Thank you and good work. Hugs
02/01/17 @ 03:24
Comment from: brae [Member]
This is French knot stitching -- it's a needlework stitch. I am not sure where you are located, but you can find the pre-cut sheets here: They also sell the fabric in rolls, but there are different varieties: twill, poplin, etc. This is the cotton poplin. It is the closest to cotton muslin.
02/01/17 @ 07:12
Comment from: Jeanne [Visitor]
Clever! I look forward to seeing your progress. Even your temporary mounting looks beautiful!
02/01/17 @ 07:14
Comment from: Maria [Visitor]
Thank you, Brae. I have done always carpets of petit point and I am charmed with embroidering them, but I have never tried these system of French knot. I am working usually in Lugana 25, 28 or 32. I will have to try this system. ;-) Have you some simple scheme that serves me to try? With a carpet like this one I can end between tears and crying of desperation ;-)) Hugs
02/02/17 @ 04:38
Comment from: brae [Member]
:)) I can understand being overwhelmed. I would never start with a complicated pattern as a first time. I love Teresa Layman's designs and kits. You can find her kits like the one I made (thread included) in her etsy shop. I have also seen her designs sold without the thread if you already have a stash of supplies. I highly recommend these as a beginner for the instruction and the color recommendations. I have several of her designs waiting. :yes:
02/02/17 @ 07:37
Comment from: Jeannette T [Visitor]
That is going to be a beautiful rug.
02/02/17 @ 16:50
Comment from: Maria [Visitor]
Thak you, Brae. I go to see the Teresa Layman's designs. And I am going to try the system of the French knot, to see such what goes out for me! Hugs
02/03/17 @ 02:46
Comment from: Julia [Visitor]
I am sure that it will simplify and speed up your work. As a child, I studied embroider on the printed picture.
02/06/17 @ 08:01
Comment from: Josje [Visitor]
That's clever! I have often wondered if that would be possible as I do like stitching but hate counting the pattern and the fabric. I am curious to see if you get perfectly straight lines on the border pattern. I look forward to seeing the progress.
02/07/17 @ 05:14
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>> Actually, if you look at a real life rug, you will see the lines aren't completely straight in the woven patterns. You can force it a bit with French knots by filling in more in areas to push the knots where you want them as well. :yes:
02/07/17 @ 08:42

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