Saturday, September 20, 2014

Finished my Miniature Needlepoint Petit Point Aubusson Rug! (Janet Patacca kit)

Finally! Finished the French Aubusson Rug Kit by Janet Patacca (#110) for the dollhouse. It was on 24 count canvas using 2 strands of DMC and measures 8 x 10.5". Janet's kits are really well-done. The design is printed on the canvas and there's a nice chart included so there isn't any guesswork.

It took me about a year to finish because, and I"M GOING TO DROP A BOMB HERE, SO LISTEN: I thought I was going blind!! I'm 42 and have had perfect eyesight for many years, so when I wasn't able to see the holes after a few months I figured it was the beginning of the end. I swore my husband to secrecy so my mom wouldn't worry about me going blind and then he accidentally blurted it out one day. So she drags me to the optical place in Costco and next thing you know I CAN SEE! Turns out I just needed some strong crafting/reading glasses. Phew!
I could have blocked it better. I blocked twice, but since it was my first petit point maybe I was pulling strangely on it. Oh well, still thrilled.

 Some notes about the back: Janet Patacca's directions for backing it with fabric just seemed overwhelming to me and I feared it was going to look bulky with another piece of fabric. Since neither the bears nor the dolls in the house were likely to turn the rug over for inspection I decided not to back it with fabric. Instead, I followed Janet Granger's tutorial on how to turn the canvas over and petit point edge it. Very happy with how the edges turned out.

Deciding if I want furniture on top of it or not. 

Piper, Marmalade & Bernadette enjoying the new rug.


Hannah said...

Such a beautiful carpet! Love the colours and the pattern is great. Even the back looks good =)
Anyone could need glasses stitching miniature carpets =) I'm glad you checked it out =)

Norma said...

Wow! It's absolutely gorgeous.

Plushpussycat said...

That rug is gorgeous, Jenya! And your petite Blythe dolls look so sweet too! <3 xo Jennifer

miniaturista said...

Una alfombra preciosa.
Un abrazo