Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My, How You've Grown!


Goodness, what a lot of time has passed, but at least I have something finished to show you... yes, I finally completed the rose carpet for the drawing room!



This is the last point I showed you in September...



And here is the completed carpet in all its glory... six months later!



It fits the room just perfectly, which is the advantage to designing your own.  I had found it very difficult to find square carpet designs, which is why I invented my own.  And I think I prefered doing it from scratch - I used the colours I wanted and the designs - shells and roses.  I used DMC threads on 46 count linen, fine enough for this scale, but not too ruinous to the eye-sight!



And now the carpet is in place I can turn my thoughts to the remaining wall - the window seat wall.  Not only does it need curtains, but the paintwork needs redoing - you can see all the different colours I have tried for this room, including a vile sea-green!

I'm not sure if I will go light or dark for the curtains, or even match the wallpaper, I'll have to have a think...




The dark corals, brown and burgundy colours of the carpet really match the lovely mahogany of the furniture, and stop the room being *too pink*



And now to finish another project for this room, which has been sitting on my shelf of 'Things That I must Accomplish Before Starting Anymore Projects"...  the Hepplewhite sofa.  

I have finished the embroidery; roses, lilies and daisies to match the chairs, but I have been putting off the actual upholstery.  It is very nerve wracking to cut up embroidery that you have spent a long time on, let alone the whole gluing process!  I have been waiting fr the right moment to even attempt it!





I also need to find the exact shade of vintage gutermann silk that I used on the chairs - I have run out, and am currently scouring ebay for more stocks... this is the disadvantage of using vintage items.  They usually have the lovely muted colours that we like for miniatures, but the supplies are often very difficult.


When I have finally found the courage to finish the upholstery, you'll be the first to know!

Jonquil

16 comments:

  1. The rug is perfect! Rich and lush and it brings just the right tone to the room.

    Can't wait to see the embroidered seat.

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    1. Neither can I Sheila, but I'm not looking forward to it!

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  2. ¡La alfombra es impresionante, preciosa! Me encanta el colorido!

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    1. Muchas Garcia's Isabel, si, los colores son mis preferidos para esta habitacion; hay solamente un poco de rosa!

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  3. The carpet is really amazing, I love the design and colours. It is perfect in the room.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thanks Geneviève...it's the first attempt at my own design, so it came out quite well...but it took me so long to finish!

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  4. Hi Jonquil! It is so good to see a post from you. And the finished carpet is gorgeous! As you say, the colors are rich and warming without being too sweet... just perfect for this room! Your needlework is beautiful too... I look forward to seeing the finished settee! :)

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    1. Oh and it's so lovely that everyone is still here, reading my blog, thank you! I shall endeavour to finish the sofa very soon!

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  5. A new post from Jonquil- HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY!!! :D
    I'm soooo glad that you have completed your area rug project and it looks Absolutely MARVELLOUS in the room!
    I Love how it repeats the same colours in the embroidered firescreen and the contrasts and harmony between those and the upholstery for the Hepplewhite sofa and chairs.
    It is a Beautiful Room with Loads of natural and reflected light which is ideal for a mini Needle Artist in residence. ❤️

    elizabeth

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    1. Oh hi Elizabeth, and thank you for your hoorays! I'm always a bit sheepish when I leave off blogging and so happy to see the familiar gang. It encourages me to carve out some mini time from my life, which is already quite hectic, so thank you!

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  6. The carpet is stunning and adds beauty to the already beautiful and very elegant room. Your embroidery is exquisite. I'm looking forward to see the upholstered seat.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Oh me too, me too! Well I shall try to finish it for you as soon as possible!

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  7. It's so nice to see Deviot House back and progress being made. You really are a dab hand with a needle! Well done on finishing the rug - it's perfect for that space.

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  8. Es preciosa toda la decoración.

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