Yesterday, I finished the miniature stitching project I’ve been working on for the past five months! So here are a couple shots of the finished project, and a little information about it.
This project is a petit point (or mini counted needlepoint) rendition of the “Sense of Hearing” Tapestry, from the six “Lady & the Unicorn” tapestries found in the Museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny Museum) in Paris, France. If you look at the image of the original “Sense of Hearing” tapestry on the museum’s website, you might be tempted to think that the miniature design I just finished is actually an inverted design. I haven’t seen the tapestries myself, but I do have a book with them in it, and in fact, the photo on the Cluny museum website shows an inverted image. I don’t know why. Anyone?
This miniature project comes from Bobbie Schoonmaker’s Micro-Stitchery. It is worked on 40 count silk gauze, with DMC threads. The chart for the project covers 9 pages. The finished dimensions are about 5″ wide and 5.5″ high.
Update, 2018: While MicroStitchery is still online, they are no longer honoring orders. I have heard from many folks who have placed orders with them, but have never received the orders and had to apply to PayPal for a refund. I’ve tried to contact Joy, the lady who took over the business, but with no luck. Just a word of caution, for those looking for miniature tapestries!
Here’s a shot of the piece, with a cutting mat at the top of the photo, so you can get a better sense of the size.
I began the project around January 10th of this year, and ended it May 18th – so, five months. I started the project so that I would have something to stitch on when I had little bits of time – 15 minutes here or there – and so that I would have a “mobile” project. There were some weekend days when I spent an hour or so on the piece at one sitting, but for the most part, the project was stitched in small bits.
There are 48,645 stitches in the finished piece.
My plans for the finished project: framing and hanging on the wall. I only have one piece of my own needlework and one piece of needlework from Trish Burr, so I figure I can add one more piece to my “huge” household collection!
Thanks for joining me on this project and for putting up with all the updates! Now, on to bigger and better things! (Well – definitely bigger!)