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Natalia's Fine Needlework

Proudly obsessed with details and crave a challenge

I've heard so many times from different designers/artists that a reason why they endeavored their own artistic path of expressing themselves was a fact that they couldn't find what they were looking for. It comes not only to a Needle Art, but also to Dance, Painting, Writing, Cooking... We are constantly challenging our artistic boundaries, mastering our skills, searching for the answers. 

You buy a pattern or a kit you like, but are not happy about the colors and decide to change some, or all of them... Is it you? 
Then this challenge is calling your name, because it allows you to express yourself and be your own artist. 

I would like to invite you into a fun of creating your own carpet and "paint" it with the colorful threads YOU chose. Each finished rug will be as original and unique as you are, as your vision, your imagination, your perspective of life.

CONTEST COLORFUL AMALGAM 2020

To register please e-mail to scarletsails@live.com

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.


The rules of the contest:


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 scarletsails@live.com 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.  



CONTEST 2018-2019


The contest will last for 7 months, starting on the 1st of May, 2019 and will be ended on the 1st of September, 2019

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.

A winner, that will be chosen by public vote, will receive a main prize of $200.  

To participate in the contest the following rules are applied:

1. The carpet should be stitched on silk gauze, any count.
2. The stitching should be done only with tent continental or basket weave stitches. NO cross stitching.
3. The carpet could be stitched with any floss.
4. It is not allowed to share the pictures of the stitching progress anywhere on social media. Violators will be removed from the contest.
5. Be creative and name your rug!
6. A participant is required to sign up with a Facebook closed to public group Colorful Amalgam. 
7. The pattern is copyright by Natalia Frank and can't be shared without written permission. 

Happy stitching!

P.S.: According to the Cambridge Dictionary a word "Amalgam" means "a combination of parts that create a complete whole".  

Free Petit Point pattern of a miniature Persian rug, 193 x 273 stitches


It measures:

4.02" x 5.69" (10,21 x 14,45 cm), if stitched on 48 count 

4.83" x 6.83" (12,26 x 17,34 cm), if stitched on 40 count

HAPPY PETIT POINTING!

CONTEST 2018-2019

Colorful Amalgam Contest is ended. 

Congratulations to Yvette, the winner of the contest!  

Only 8 stitchers reached the finish line presenting an amazing  array of incredible carpets that are based on one design, excluding the center of the rug. 
The center of each rug was designed by each participant and makes each carpet look individual. 

The pattern is available for personal use only. You can download it by pushing the button below. 





This is what participants shared:

"I have enjoyed doing this. At the start I never thought I would finish but I am quite pleased with the outcome. Not sure I will be in a hurry to do anything this big very soon but maybe after I've had a bit of that break and finished some of my other projects that have been on hold for many months. Thanks Natalia Frank!"  Alicia Sledge

"I think everyone has done wonderful things, seeing so many different interpretations of the same thing. It's been really inspiring seeing the stitching from everyone. I had wanted to have a go, and was hoping to start post-surgery, but I just couldn't manage to do it, because of the posture I had while trying to stitch. Thanks to Natalia for the inception and the hard work of plotting the chart and to everyone who showed their hard work, it's been lovely to see while I've been getting over my surgery". Julie Binney

"I just wanted to say to everyone that I enjoyed stitching the rug and we have all created something beautiful that we can display and treasure for years to come. It has been a pleasure seeing everyone's progress photos each month. Good luck to everyone." 
"I truly enjoyed stitching the rug and choosing colors for it.  I had never chosen such bold colors before and always tend to go with pastels any time I am working on something.  The colors were outside my comfort zone but that made it so enjoyable when everything blended together so well.
I did not find the design too difficult but then I have done a lot of Cross Stitching in the past so am used to working with complex designs.  I found the segments were manageable each month and weren't so large that I couldn't do other projects I was working on at the time.
I would definitely be interested in participating in a contest again". Yvette Money

ALICIA


"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.




I haven't given it a name but I did take the colour inspiration from North and South American Native designs".

CAROLYN


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.


Finished size of rug is 14 cm x 10 cm (5.5 inches x 4 inches)

MARIANNE


"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"


LIA


"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. 




The chest with pipes and uniform in it belong to a room I am making to honor my husband.
I used 40 count silk gauze and  Gutermann 100% silk for the rug and the size is 20 X 15 cm".

YVETTE


"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. 

I stitched the rug using DMC floss on 40 count silk gauze.  It is 6" x 8" ".  

KAREN


"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". 





"This was my first attempt at miniature work and silk gauze, and my 3rd needlepoint piece".

CHERYL


"Rug is 40 count, stitched with DMC floss and Soie d Alger.  

It measures approximately 6 1/4 x 8 1/4".  

PATRICIA


First attempt on  silk gauze, 40 count.

It measures  15,5 cm by 20,5 cm.