Our mission is to spread a word about wonderful Art of Petit Point on silk gauze, to reveal your skills and creativity, to expand new boundaries and challenge an artist within yourself.
Taking to the consideration all your comments, advises and suggestions, some rules of the contests were changed. During 10 months each signed participant will receive a partial section of the design that needs to be finished monthly to complete stitching of the entire rug in timely manner.
A first place winner, that will be chosen by anonymous public vote, will receive a main prize of $200.
A second place winner, that will be chosen by anonymous public vote, will receive a prize of $100.
A third place winner, that will be chosen by anonymous public vote, will receive a prize of $50.
1. All carpets should be stitched on silk gauze. You chose the count of silk gauze and thread (cotton or silk) you are comfortable to work with.
2. The stitches should be used are: tent continental or basket weave, NO cross stitches.
3. Each participant is obligated to sign up with a closed group on Facebook Colorful Amalgam (please, click to join the group).
4. At the end of each month a participant needs to upload a picture of stitching progress. An image must be in black and white color. If you don't have a possibility to convert your color images into black and white, you'll need to e-mail the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be done for you.
5. NO changes in design should be done to the entire pattern.
6. NO pictures of your stitching process are allowed to be shared anywhere on the social media, including your personal pages, FB page Colorful Amalgam and other groups and forums you are signed up with.
Violators will be removed from the contest.
You will be allowed to share a picture of the finished carpet only after the public anonymous judging is over. If it happens so that you feel you won't be able to finish the carpet in time and be eligible to enter the public anonymous judging, you are still required not to post the images of stitching process of your rug based on the provided pattern for the Colorful Amalgam Contest 2020 till the contest and judging is over.
In this case you might want to ask: Why then do we need to subscribe with the Facebook page Colorful Amalgam?
The FB page Colorful Amalgam was created for the participants of the contests to ask questions you might have during the preparation for the contest and during stitching, and receive the answers from other stitchers, for instance, how to frame silk gauze, what needles to use, how to finish the rug, etc... More than that, you'll receive a huge support and motivation from other like-minded people.
7. Only finished miniature rugs based on the provided pattern, designed specially for the Colorful Amalgam Contest 2020, will be illegible to enter the public anonymous judging that will be held at the beginning of December, 2020 (TBD). A whole month of November is given on blocking the rug and finishing the edges, making up a nice presentation of it. For the public anonymous judging you will need to present a high quality pictures of your carpet, name of the carpet and its story, but we'll talk about it later. While working on the rug, think about the name, take the stitching process pictures (but don't share them anywhere), think about a story behind your rug (what inspired you to chose the particular colors, for example). In one word, build up a portfolio for your miniature carpet that will help you to make a nice presentation of your work when it is finished and time to enter the judging.
8. Be creative! The pattern is drawn with outlines in black color. You don't need to use black color for all elements of the design, more than that, you don't need to use black color at all!
I like an idea to make all finished rugs look individual and original. That is why there will be surprises while working on the rugs where you can express your creativity.
The last day of the contest is November, 30, 2019.
The last day all pictures of the carpets and their stories will be admitted - the 10th of December, 2019.
The judging will be announced and have a place in December, the date will be announced later.
HAPPY PETIT POINTING!
"I used a single strand of DMC in tent stitch on 40 count silk gauze. My finished carpet measures 6.5" x 8.25" (16.5cm x 21cm approx) - excluding the fringe.
58 count silk gauze, 1 strand fine pure silk thread (given to me by a friend so I don't know the brand)
Compass Carpet, named for the Compass Rose design in the middle of the carpet, which represents the different parts of the world where the participants of Colorful Amalgam live.
"My rug is 19,5 x 15 centimeters. When I include the fringes it is 20,5 x 15 cm.
The rug is made on 40 count silk gauze.
For the embroidery I used yarn called Marathon.
It is very thin yarn used for embroidery on sewing machines.
The lines of my rug were made in cross stitch and I used tent stitch for filling up the figures.
I enjoyed the stitching very much.
Greetings from a rainy, but almost spring Holland"
"My middle section of the carpet is based on eternal love ( Celtic motif), my late husband was a talented piper. That’s why I choose that motif.
"I stitched the rug using DMC floss on 40 count silk gauze. It is 6" x 8".
I haven't named the rug but this rug was truly a "family" endeavor. This was only the second rug I have stitched in Petit point and I wanted to choose some really vibrant colors. I looked in my box and found a blue I really liked then chose colors to compliment the blue. I put all 13 colors together and sent a picture of them off to my daughter who is an artist to find out if they went together as well as I thought and didn't clash. She gave me her seal of approval and I felt confident enough to continue.
As each section was released each month, I would graph it out several different ways using various color combinations and have my family vote on which one they liked the best. I would stitch the combination that had the majority vote. Therefore, this rug was designed by my whole family with respect to color and stitched by myself. The center Sun/Moon combination was designed by myself using a Mexican Tile as my inspiration. To me, the rug had a Mexican feel to it and this little Tile kept calling my name and asking to be included in the rug. The colors were so close to the ones I was already using and my family loved it once I had finished designing it.
"40-count silk gauze
Brands: DMC cotton perle, Gutermann silk, Planet Earth silk
6.5 x 8.5 inches
The colors were basically leftover threads - there was no particular logic to choosing them. With the exception of the very lower-left section. Those colors belonged to Keats.
Keats was my Alexandrine parrot - an Asian/Indian parrot. He was 31-years old and I’d had him since he was a baby. He died in early January of heart failure. 31 is a good, long life. But still, I miss his soft, sweet whispers".
"Rug is 40 count, stitched with DMC floss and Soie d Alger.
First attempt on silk gauze, 40 count.
It measures 15,5 cm by 20,5 cm.