Embroidery of tapestry pictures is still very popular. They are worked either in Gobelin stitch or petit point stitch or in a combination of both kinds of embroidery.
The picture is transferred to the canvas with the help of numerical or type patterns by counting the individual stitches on the canvas. The advantage of the square pattern is that one can use the finest colour shades that cannot be printed in colour on canvas or fabric in this degree of fineness. Our special square patterns are – exactly like the canvas - divided into blocks of ten so
that the pattern can be transferred without any difficulty. With old numerical patterns hat do not have a division into blocks of ten, we recommend drawing lines with a ball pen vertically and horizontally in order to make the counting work easier. We label the yarns with each type symbol with which they are illustrated in the numerical patterns.
This means that we take over the sorting work for you and you do not need to pre-sort at all.
How to start the embroidery
You begin your embroidery work by determining the centre of the picture on the canvas and deciding whether you wish to begin the picture at the upper or lower edge. It is important that you keep enough fabric around the finished picture in order to be able to frame it later. Please make sure that you do not begin or end your embroidery with a knot. Knots stand out after ironing and therefore spoil the flat surface effect so just pull the thread through some of the threads on the back of the canvas. The work does not need to hold any-thing. Also avoid crossing too long spaces between one part of the embroidery
and another with the same colour. It is better to fasten off the thread in between and begin afresh at the new position. Too long threads on the reverse of the canvas mean unnecessary use of the twist.
Each symbol of the square pattern means that you must make two stitches next to each other across two threads of the canvas at the top end.
Always embroider your picture from right to left. The individual stitch is, how-ever, worked from the lower left diagonally to the upper right corner. The next stitch then lies at the lower left next to it. In Gobelin stitch the twist must be slanting on the back of the embroidery. On the front the twist should also be slanting slightly, but on the back it should slant much more.
GOBELIN STITCH 4 single threads = 2 stitches