Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I wanted to see if I could shrink the buttonhole rug down to miniature....It can be done!
I know that a lot of people don't want to go to the bother of crochet or braiding rugs...This is much easier. One stitch over and over.
As usual, Tessie tried to take over...Ignore her. Maybe she will go away.
The start that you see at her feet is with six strands of embroidery floss, over a core of another six strands. Even though the real rugs can be quite thick, I think that I want the mini one to be a bit lighter than that one. That's when I thought of the Treasure Pouch pattern that I have from Piecework Magazine. It was in the Feb. 1994 issue. I kept the magazine just for that pattern...and a few others.
I was going to do a tutorial, but then I remembered that Interweave press has a free one on the net already. If you go here, http://www.interweave.com/needle/projects/Treasure-Pouch.pdf
This is the same pattern. This is without the filler thread and will look like the red one in Tessie's lap. If you follow the original pattern, you can make a tote bag for minis.
To make the rug, you just keep going with the bottom pattern adding stitches as you go. Don't do the sides and you will automatically keep enlarging the circle. It comes out in a hexagon, but is still rather nice. You can add different colors simply by starting the new row with a different color and threading the tails through a few stitches on the underside. If you want to do the filler thread, simply add in an extra piece and work over that as well as the row below.
Hopefully, I will have a chance to get one going for real and can show you tomorrow.
See you then.