Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Finished Aunt Olga Petit Point Carpet



I am delighted to tell you I have finally finished my carpet. I am so excited to get on with other projects that have been whirling around in my mind for months. I have another crazy nut house in mind and I want to start making some windows. 
 

The Back

 
 

54 comments:

  1. Hi Catherine

    I have seen your previous posts showing your progress on your carpet and you should feel very proud of yourself for making such a beautiful carpet. Well done.

    Jayne c

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  2. Thank you Jayne. So many tedious hours involved. It was my first time too.

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  3. Absolutely SENSATIONAL!!!! I hope that you are breaking out the champagne Catherine, and celebrating for all you are worth because this carpet (which would have daunted lesser folks), has been completed and COMPLETED WELL! :D You mentioned the nut house that you want to do, but I know that I am impressed that you managed to avoid the "nut house" in the process of stitching this intricate carpet pattern.
    BRAVA! And Many Many Curtain Calls! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. There were times when I thought the carpet would send me straight to the wing-ding Hilton. Mostly it was ll those knots that occur when you pull your thread through the gauze. Grrrr. I wonder how many hours I spent un-doing those.

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    2. Hi again Catherine! I was wondering in light of how long it must have felt from beginning to end of this Magic Carpet ride, do you believe that you will ever do another?
      and would you do anything different, if you did?

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    3. I want to do some pillows on a smaller count silk gauze. I have a patten I got to do that. One of my favorite images of William Morris Brer Rabbit.

      Next time I do petit point I will use Thread Heaven. It really helps stop the tangles.

      I also do not like half cross stitch. The first Aunt Olga I started I used that stitch. I abandoned that piece for a variety of reasons. I used the continental stitch on this finished carpet. It takes a lot more thread using that stitch. It is worth it i think.

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  4. Its simply beautiful, tedious work but very well worth it you should be very proud Catherine, and i can imagine you are ready for a new challenge ☺ Tony.

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    1. Thank you Tony.

      were times when i thought it would never end.

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  5. It looks absolutely stunning Catherine. I can't even imagine how many hours of work you've put into it. Just beautiful =0)

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    1. Thank you Pepper. I wouldn't want to know how many hours it took.

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  6. Menos mal que has avisado que era la parte de atras, se ve preciosa por las dos caras,
    Una alfombra maravillosa, un lujo,
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Maite,
      Muchas gracias. Sí, me gustaría a todos a pensar en la parte de atrás era el frente. ;-)

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  7. Your carpet is gorgeous...! Love it! It is a piece of Art! Wonderful!

    Hugs
    Kikka

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  8. Congratulations Catherine!!! You have made yourself a wonderful heirloom and an amazing miniature. I expect with such a project that far more people start it and never finish....such is the nature of this type of project! I applaud your work ethic, once you started you keep going (and going) until it was finished and resisted started anything else......you must be (or should be) VERY proud of yourself!
    Now......what's next? (Ha ha)
    Linda x

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  9. Thank you Linda,

    I'm really celebrating the end of this project. :-) And getting my dinning room table back to normal.

    It's lobster for dinner tonight!

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  10. great work - its beautiful!

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  11. Oh my goodness, you are Amazing!!! Your persistence and patience and Perfectionism has paid off! The carpet is just plain Gorgeous! Beyond any carpet I've ever seen!!!

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    1. Awww....Thank you so much!

      Other people have stitched this carpet too. I have seen them online. I am sure they did it better. This was my first. I learned a lot.

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  12. Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! Very beautiful, Catherine! The rug looks very realistic. Great choice of colors too. Congratulations on finishing your first ambitious project in miniature petit point. Hugs, Natalia

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  13. That is a great compliment from such a wonderful stitcher. Thank you so much. :-))
    Big hugs to you too Natalia.

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  14. Dear Catherine,
    Thank you so much for sharing your stitching journey on this amazing carpet.
    The back is so neat which is a true test for petit point.
    I wish I had the skills to undertake such a marathon project.
    Spectacular work.
    regards Janine

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  15. Thank you so much Janine.

    I really wanted a back without tangled threads. I was so scared that when I took it off the frame, it might look like there was a big rat under it. ;-)

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  16. Just...amazing....WOW I have LOVED seeing all the in progress pictures, from the tiny little middle to this glorious end! Oh what a journey it has been, complete with a terrible side trip that we are all so grateful is back on track :)

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    1. Thank you Linda.

      That side trip wasn't much fun. ;-)

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  17. I'm speechless with admiration! Heartfelt congratulations on this museum quality achievement sounds so mundane.....and the back!! the back is perhaps even more amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. I am glad it is finished.

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  18. Your rug turned out fantastic Catherine! It is just so beautiful, you must have stitched many hours each week to get it done so fast, congratulations on a job well done!

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    1. Thank you Elga.

      You're right. I worked on it like it was a job. Only someone who has stitched a piece of petit point could understand how many hours it takes.

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  19. Ce tapis représente un travail incroyable, inimaginable, félicitations Catherine. Je comprends votre plaisir d'en avoir terminé et de passer à de nouvelles aventures, bonne route pour les nouveaux projets.

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    1. Merci beaucoup Jean- Claude. Il était un projet de temps très.

      Je l'ai commencé une autre maison de coquille de noix.

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  20. Catherine, your work is always exquisite and this carpet is no exception! It is absolutely outstanding!

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    1. Thank you Lucille for your kind words. :-)

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  21. Catherine, this is the most fabulous carpet I've ever seen, and could only come from your fairy hands!
    But I understand that in the long run it can become a grueling work ...
    A feeling that I can never prove, of course ;-)
    Now. I'm glad you can dedicate yourself to others (certainly) amazing projects :-)
    I hope your health is being completely restored...
    Love from Italy,
    Flora

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    1. How did I miss your comment until now. Also I just found a very sweet email from you.

      Thank you so much Flora for all you kind words about my work. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  22. Really stunning! Difficult to believe that it is miniature. A real masterpiece!
    Geneviève

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  23. Thank you!

    When I first saw the one Catherine Soubzmaine stitched that is exactly what I thought too.

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  24. Bravo Catherine ! Fringes are so boring to do. With the same pattern we all have a different carpet, cause the shaded thread. Once again, félicitations !

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  25. Thank you.

    I am watching with great interest while you stitch your carpet. You are so right! All of our carpets would be very different next to each other. Partly because the thread dye lots (Gentle Arts) vary so much.

    I wish you bon courage as you complete yours. :-) XXX

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  26. Hi Catherine,I have watched all the time your step by steps of this carpet. Now that it is finished I can only say ,that every minute was worth to work this magnificent carpet. It looks like a real one ! Chapeau !!!

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    1. Thank you so much. :-)

      I felt a bit guilty about not making anything else to post. I just didn't have time to do any other projects.

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  27. Absolutely stunning !! I can fully understand how many hours of tough work are involved into it and I kow tow to you and your perseverance.
    It's truly a masterpiece, something which I shall never be brave enough to even begin
    Rosanna

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  28. Rosanna,

    How very nice of you to say so.

    True enough,it is a long, time consuming project. Still, I am sure you would breeze through it and do much better then I did.

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  29. Bravo Catherine! Je sais par expérience le plaisir et la fierté que l'on ressent à la pose de la dernière frange! Il est magnifique avec ses couleurs vives. Quel superbe travail! Félicitations!
    Nathalie

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  30. Merci Nathalie. Les couleurs ne sont pas vraiment aussi brillant comme ils apparaissent dans la photo. Il ya des endroits où ils montrent beaucoup de décoloration.

    Ce ne serait pas amusant si chacun d'entre nous qui ont terminé pourrait se réunir avec nos tapis de voir les différences. :-) XXX

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  31. It is so beautiful Catherine.

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  32. WOW! what an inspiration! so much work and so TINY!!

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  33. Thank you Andy. Nice to see you here.

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  34. .... speechless.

    I've so much admiration and respect for any stitcher that ventures out to make a complex design like this! I sympathize with all the comments and sentiments stated above! The hours... the determination & perseverance... And to think this is your first carpet... Deep respect Catherine.

    The satisfaction you must feel much go (be?) out of the roof? I'm also very happy for you, you now can turn to all the new projects that were popping up in your head while stitching :))))) Can't wait to see what those will look like!

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  35. Thank you Debora.

    I thought I would be elated when that last piece of fringe went in. Oddly enough, it was rather anticlimactic. Maybe I was expecting a brass band to start playing. haha

    Yes, I am having fun with a new project. Solving new problems feels pretty good.

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  36. Congratulations! It is absolutely amazingly beautiful. I can't even imagine taking on such a feat, you must feel so rewarded having completed it.

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  37. Thank you. I am looking forward to working on a few petit point pillows this year. I hope I can see a smaller count gauze. ;-)

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