A Miniature Petit-Point Embroidery Bird to Stitch

The Tree-of-Life design is versatile—motifs from this pattern can be used to create cushions, seat covers, bookmarks, pincushions, bell pulls, and more, ranging from medium to tiny sizes depending on the thread count of the ground fabric or canvas used. For this project, I chose forty-eight-count silk gauze and cotton embroidery floss.

Both are easier to work with than the fifty-six-count silk gauze and silk thread that I used in my Tree-of-Life Carpet [featured in "A Miniature Petit-Point Tree-of-Life Carpet,” Fall 2018 issue of PieceWork].

The word “gauze” is somewhat of a misnomer; it’s actually a form of needlepoint canvas—a tiny grid with open squares that are called “holes.” The fewer the count number, the larger the holes; as the count number increases, the size of the holes shrinks. I hope you will enjoy this introduction to the worlds of miniatures, silk gauze, and petit point.

Forty-count silk gauze and a skein of cotton embroidery floss. Natalia Frank used slightly smaller silk gauze—forty-eight count—as the ground for her stitched bird; she used even smaller for her miniature carpet, which was featured in her article “A Miniature Petit-Point Tree-of-Life Carpet” featured in the Fall 2018 issue of PieceWork. Photo by George Boe.

Materials
• DMC Embroidery Floss, 100% cotton thread, 8 meter (8.7 yd)/skein, 1 skein of each of the colors listed in the Color Key
• Silk gauze, 48-count, 100% filament silk canvas, Beige or Antique White, mounted on a mat-board frame with an opening that is 4 x 4 inches (10.2 x 10.2 cm)
• John James Needle, tapestry size 28 or crewel size 10

Finished size: 17/8 x 113/16 inches (4.8 x 4.6 cm)
Stitches: 79 x 77


Natalia Frank, an Artisan Member of the International Miniature Artisans Guild, specializes in petit point in miniature and works with silk gauze (from fifty-six- to ninety-count) and fine silk floss. Her petit-point portrait of a dog on seventy-two count silk gauze won second-place in PieceWork’s 2016 Miniatures Contest. Visit her website: www.dollhouseneedlepoint.com.

Download the Fall 2018 issue of PieceWork to make Natalia Frank’s “A Miniature Petit-Point Bird to Stitch.”


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