The Persian - 2 hours in

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I wanted to try out a corner of the Persian rug to make sure I liked the colors.  This is 2 hours of work so far, and I like it!  :D  I am getting some variation in knot size as I get used to the technique again, but I think it will blend well in the end.


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A few years ago, I saw a fabulous drafting table on Recréation Miniature.  I put it on the someday to try list.  :D  I loved that it was a working, adjustable table.  Another fine example is the table from Boutique Miniatures.  I own two of the adjustable stools from this shop.  I put the table on my wish list as a splurge in case I didn't get around to making one.

Not too long ago, Mike Adamson was downsizing a few miniatures he didn't intend to use, and the drafting table from Boutique Miniatures was one of those items.  I was lucky enough to nab it.  :D  You must see the beautiful work that Mike does as well.  His exacting replications for kitchens, living rooms and other modern settings are top notch!

The table is a superb reproduction.

There are tiny ringed pins to adjust the table from flat to angled.

There was another stool in the set, so now I have three.  The tops actually adjust up and down.

I've printed out a Beebe Windmill technical drawing for today's scene, though I recolored it in PhotoShop.

image from Wikimedia

Mike sent me one of his marvelous paintings as well.  :]

Lamp from Ray Storey, bowl of nuts from Hartland Miniatures, modern shelf from Debbie Ohm, rug from Iklectic Kollectibles, horse bust from Art Forge.  I made the file folders.

Happy Groundhog Day 2017

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According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter.  If he doesn't, then there will be an early spring.  Since it's a bright sunny morning here, I am distracting Woodrow with cake!  :D  Happy Groundhog Day!

The results are in...

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Ye Olde Taxidermist has won an Honorable Mention in the 2016 HBS Creatin' Contest!  :D

It's a great honor to have my work recognized.  A huge thank you to HBS!

For the full recap post on Ye Olde Taxidermist, click here.

You can see the winners and remaining entries posted here.  Congratulations to all on your creativity and hard work!  :D  Now on to this year's contest kit -- not sure if I will enter, but there's plenty of time to mull over my ideas.

The Persian - printed fabric

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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.  :]

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