I do not make these for sale.
At the end of this post there is a link for
Jaques Andre Human,
who makes exquisite needlework items.
The chart for this design is here
I wrote about the pattern for this rug in an earlier post.
After looking at my original pencil chart, I came to the conclusion that my charting is very like my handwriting – after I have forgotten what I have written, not even I can read it.
I am very fond of this design and one day – when I have the time ! – I would like to make a full-size version of the rug.
So, in the hopes that I could re-chart it from the finished piece, I have been searching (off and on) for my box of completed needlework.
With a great deal of help from an exceeding patient friend –
Quote – “Why do you keep all this stuff in the same sort of cardboard box ?!?!?!? ”
– we finally found the rug itself.
The design is a direct copy of a one on a small purse, which belonged to the mother of my Exceeding Patient Friend.
The purse was worked in silk, but I like the hairy, slightly uneven, effect of wool and so I worked my rug in wool – in half cross-stitch, on 22 count canvas. (This is a larger canvas size than the original.)
When I made it I didn’t have any “proper” wool, so I used darning wool (of the sort you used to be able to get for mending socks) for the coloured parts of the design, and thin yarn (of the type that comes on a cone for machine knitting) for the white background.
These days I would probaly use 2 ply crewel wool. I would find it difficuly to choose just one supplier of wool to recommend, but if I could only choose one then I think it would be Appleton Wool as it is always (in my experience) excellent quality and comes in a good variety of colours.
Everyone who believes that the stitches need to be worked in the same direction, please look away now.
If you look at the back of the rug you can clearly see that I worked the blue motifs in a variety of directions.
I did this so that the fabric would not drift out of shape and the rug edges would remain straight.
When I am working in half cross-stitch, both full-size and in miniature, I very often work the decorative motive from the bottom of the design to the top and fill in the background in a right to left (or left to right) direction.
Varying the stitch direction is not orthodox, but I think experimenting and bending “the rules” can be rewarding – sometimes.
I vividly remember that it took me a week – one rose, or one blue medallion, a day – to complete a row of pattern.
This is not exactly a speedy result, but if you would like to make one of these rugs for yourself the pdf for the full design is here –
The colours in the pdf chart are slightly different from the ones that I used in real life (I was using very odd yarn, in non-standard colours) and the design, although it looks simple, is rather intricate.
If you click on the image below, you will be able to see, and print, a larger version of part of the chart.
I like bold, strong colours, but I think this would work well in paler, subtler shades too, and I am sure that you will find it a rewarding project to complete.
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I hardly ever make small needlework items for sale, and I certainly never make large items like rugs.
So, if you are looking for fine miniature needlework (at what I think is an astonishingly reasonable price!) I would recommend considering the work of Jacques Andre Human .
It is unfair of me to single out just his work on the Petit Connoisseurs website, as there are a great many things there that I think are delightful – far too many to mention…
All right, maybe just one …
Bianca by Anna Braun
Flower arrangement in handmade vase
by Pam Jones
Large pitcher by Hestelle Mare
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Finally a big very thank you to everyone who voted in last week’s poll.
The result was a tie – 31 votes for the McLoughlin Circus Procession book and 31 votes for a papier mache Easter egg.
I hope to have the slideshow for the book ready by next Friday and (hopefully) will have another one (for the papier mache egg) ready by Easter weekend.
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