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  1. Once you start doing petit point it isn't too long before you run into somebody talking about caskets and not the type you put six feet under the ground, but a small box covered in the most exquisite needlework from the 17th century. Once I saw some of the miniature ones...well, I wanted one too, but nobody was making them anymore and some people that came late to the scene also wanted some...and so I decided to make a few. There are a few plans out on the web plus some examples that other miniaturists have made, but I felt reluctant to just copy them, since I had never seen a real one I thoug
  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    Charting for Needlework & Knitting

    I finally made the decision to buy a laptop to help me with my 'etch a sketch' activities that I could work on digitally. Touchscreens have been available for a long time with smart phones and tablets, and computer monitors and of course laptops. So, I made the decision to buy a laptop, so I could have the largest monitor possible for design purposes. I am happy to report that I am able to use the touch screen to draw in Patternmaker and PC Stitch programs. When you need to buy a new computer to upgrade, a touchscreen is a wonderful option. My versions of PC Stitch and Patternmake
  3. Natalia Frank

    New petit point miniature carpet VERA

    I started stitching the medallion of this rug years ago when a pattern was not even completely finished yet. Sometimes I am so excited to start working on a new project that can't wait till I finish charting a pattern. So, I had to put it a side and wait until inspiration to finish the pattern hit me. A message from someone asking if the pattern is available reminded me about that forgotten carpet. I finished charting it, surprisingly for myself, in one breath literally. I called it VERA, that translates from Russian as Faith, to honor my Mom who always has been teaching me to finish anything
  4. Dollhouse miniature petit point carpet Tree of Life 1 is my first carpet I stitched this year. It took me 11 weeks and 1 day to finish stitching it, spending from 8 to 12 hours daily. 7 days went for blocking, stretching, finishing the sides and fringing. It has total of 180,600 tiny stitches and 468 ends form the fringes on both sides of the rug. An idea to stitch a series of carpets under the Tree of Life theme came up to me last year, when at some point I caught myself thinking that I was tied and bored to stitch the repeatable motifs of the rugs. I wanted to create something d
  5. ElgaKoster

    Stitching rugs

    There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to stitching rugs, some people like to start in the center, others like to do the borders first, some do all the design details and then fill in the background or a combination. Me...I like to start in the bottom right and work my way up the chart, I prefer to do the design details and background all together, I find working with one color at a time tedious and my stitching hand starts to hurt as well eventually, so I find it better to change colors often. I keep all the working threads on needles surrounding the area I am working on, some people
  6. ElgaKoster

    A beginners piece of petit point

    When Bill Robertson mentioned his mom using an embroidery design out of a vintage Burda magazine yesterday, I remembered one of the very first pieces I stitched when I discovered silk gauze. For this piece I combined two charts out of one of my Burda magazines, I think this is on 40 count, I can't remember anymore, back then working out the size of the finished item as a newbie was something I struggled with and this piece came out bigger than I intended, and so I never could decide what to do with it. And I do like it, beginners mistakes and all, when I took it out again this morning and had
  7. Since late 2011 I have been making two different sewing tables, when I made the first of these tables I was very green in my knowledge of woodworking techniques, something that I didn't do and regretted later on was that I didn't use a secondary wood for the small drawer or dovetail joints. An omission that I was able to rectify later on with a special order for a table that now resides in the Kathleen Savage Browning Collection in Maysville, Kentucky. These tables were also used as writing tables so the tabletop rises for a writing slope and the drawer has compartments for ink bottles, etc.
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