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.

The contest will last for 5 months, starting on the 1st of May, 2019 and will be ended on the 1st of September, 2019. A month of September of 2019 will be given to finish the carpet (blocking, fringing, or framing, etc...). A public judging will be held anonymously in October, TBD.

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

Click here, to download a form. Applications are due April, 30, 2019.

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

This Persian rug consists of:






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


"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".


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)


"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. 

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".


"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" ".  


"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".


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

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


First attempt on  silk gauze, 40 count.

It measures  15,5 cm by 20,5 cm.