Once upon a time… and it does seem a long time ago now – I wrote a blog post called To Sew or Not to Sew about a needlework carpet design that I had created from one of my printed carpet patterns.
Well, I did finish the carpet… eventually… and I thought that it looked very, very good and much nicer than the picture at the top of this blog post, but it is not a symmetrical pattern and it does take ages and ages and ages and ages and then some to embroider, so I filed it away in my (ahem) not very good filing system as something that needed thinking about and simplifying (a lot).
However, there seem to be a few brave souls out there who would actually like to try working one of these and have asked if I will share the pattern.
Now the problem that I have at the moment is that, due to circumstances beyond my control, my computer is in storage (if I start to tell you why it is in storage I will not stop and I suspect that you will become terribly bored because this is not a blog about leaky showers and electrical wiring, although I suspect I could be quite entertaining about wallpaper paste…)
Anyway, the end result is that I have a list of things of things that I promised I would do and now can’t do because of heaps of other things that I must now do first.
Having said that, this morning I conducted a dawn raid on my computer, grabbed some files and am now sitting in front of the computer of a kind and generous friend and about to type a brief list which I hope will be helpful.
- This is not an easy carpet to work – for one thing the design is not symmetrical
- A frame is, in my opinion, essential
- I had to put in the central guidelines in coloured cotton (I removed these after completing the carpet although some people work over them)
- I had to be very careful not to get huge lumps of thread at the back (there are a lot of colours in a small space)
- It helped to think of the project as “painting with thread” and not just working a charted design – that way I didn’t get too worried if I put a stitch in not exactly the right place…
- I think, in order to get a good result, it is essential to start from the middle and work outwards
- I would recommend picking a bit that looks easy to you and try a small test patch first – see how your thread and canvas work together
- Be kind to yourself, if you are new to needlework, try working the outside brown border and see how you get on.
Here are my colour charts – if you want to work a symmetrical carpet, work the central motif and then pick the corner that you like best and work that round the outside (I’m sorry, I can’t do reverse patterns at the moment).
- Overview – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_colour_chart_overview_20150121
- Top Right – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_colour_chart_TR_20150121
- Top Left – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_colour_chart_TL_20150121
- Bottom Right –_Lucinda_carpet_colour_chart_BR_20150121 OHM_Lucinda
- Bottom Left – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_colour_chart_BL_20150121 OHM
- Central Section – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_colour_chart_central_section_detail_20150121
And here are the black and white ones that I made. They drove me distracted – but you may prefer working with this sort of chart and it would make working the carpet in a different colour-way easier if you use these (I’m sorry, I can’t do a set of charts in different colours at the moment).
- Top Right – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_bw_chart_TR_20150121
- Top Left – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_bw_chart_TL_20150121
- Bottom Right – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_bw_chart_BR_20150121
- Bottom Left – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_bw_chart_BL_20150121
- Central Section – OHM_Lucinda_carpet_bw_chart_centre_20150121
You will need to find your own colours. I used embroidery thread on 22 point canvas and I used a thinner thread than I usually do. Threads vary and you will need to experiment to find what suits you.
Here is a screen grab of the colours that the computer programme suggested, as you can see there is quite a subtle mix, but
The colour blocks that look as though they are the same colour, are the same colour – this is where I combined all the very close shades into one colour that I liked.
Making up the carpet – (this sort of carpet was not usually fringed)
I can thoroughly recommend Janet Granger’s online tutorial on how to hem a miniature carpet.
I use a slightly different method and ideally I would like to make a slideshow how I finish mine, but I’m sorry to say that it is another one of those things that I will have to put of my To Do List.
Speaking of which, next on the list is –
- Full Bilderbuch for Maria in Argentina
Well, I grabbed the file for that this morning, so all I need now is paper and glue and a printer and some time and space…
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