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Needlepoint Rug Kits

$1,840 ( Set of Eight )

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Eight Canvases - 10 holes per inch. Central Design Sizes - 15.5 x 15.5 inches - ( 39 x 39 cm. ) - Borders Design Sizes - 37.2 x 6 inches ( 94.5 x 15 cm. ) - Canvases Cut - 2 extra inches around each design

A full sized color photograph of the stitched design glued to a foam board - is on one side - with the stitch-painted needlepoint canvas on the other - the wool fibers - resting on the colored chart with symbols - are between inside a foam box - all wrapped in a resealable plastic folder with holes to breath.

The stitch-painted canvas is folded back to the design size. Select *OPEN / CLOSE - LARGE IMAGES* to view enlarged photographs.

The gift packaged needlepoint kits and canvases contain premium quality materials - including:

  • - Zweigart Canvas with Designs Painted in Full Color with a Numbered Color Code
  • - Full Sized Photograph of the Finished Needlepoint Design
  • - Full Sized Color Chart - Graph with Numbered Color Code including Instructions with Diagrams
  • - Samantha Taylor Tapestry Wool - A Wool Code Card with a Numbered Color Code
  • - Two Tapestry Needles
  • - Wool is Wrapped in Color Coded Labels Matching the Colors on the Graph and Canvas for Easy Identification and Coordination
  • - Each Kit is Numbered and Registered to Control the Dye Lots Should We Need to Send Additional Wool

Based on Seventeenth Century tile paintings - this collection includes eight different designs ( kits ) - joined together - after stitching each individual tapestry.

Each design is painted on Zweigart Canvases - 10 mesh / count / hpi - with two extra inches surrounding each painted canvas ( for blocking and finishing ).

We are often told that these rugs are Museum Quality - which - pleases us very much - as this tapestry collection took three years of total dedication to complete. Until the eight pieces were completely designed - stitched and joined - we did not know whether the group would work well with each other. We decided to place the figures looking away from each other - and that the larger volumes of The Countrywoman and The Weaver would balance nicely by placing them kitty-corner.

The tiles used to create this needlepoint tapestry - inspire us to write a brief history of majolica - which begins in Spain - year 711 when the expanding Moorish empire first set foot on the Iberian Peninsula. *Moors from North Africa crossed the Straits of Gibraltar - and then - settled in the area of southern Spain - which they called Al-Andalus - now named - Andalusia. This dominant Moorish presence in Spain - created a splendor and cultural refinement - rivaling the court of Baghdad. Muslim Spain continued until the years 1400. This incredible Muslim empire within Spain - became an exciting meeting place for scholars - artists and scientists. The Cultural Center of the World - - it was during this cultural and artistic explosion that Hispano-Moresque potters first began producing tin-glazed earthenware. The ceramics from this period is called lusterware and is the forerunner of majolica - as we know it today.

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