Kilim Designs in Needlepoint Hardcover – 22 Oct 1998
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I didn't buy this book when it came out, since Kilims aren't my favorite type of rugs. I found it at the library a couple of weeks ago, and now I regret my initial decision. This is a lovely and creative book, well worth seeking out.
The book has a short, but thorough introduction going over the history of Kilim (flat woven rugs from the same area as "Oriental" rugs), the people who make them, and the yarns and designs used. In this section there are many inspiring pictures of rugs and motifs.
The projects in the book are divided into three chapters, sorted according to the area where the rugs originated. Each area has nine projects and, because the designs have many motifs and borders, you could uses sections of them to make many more. For each project there is a color picture of the finished item, a clear material list, stitching and finishing instructions, and large, color charts.
Some of the projects are large, some small. There is a huge variety of them, something not often found in needlepoint books. Along with the expected pillows, there are wallhangings, footstools, tote bags, book covers, neck purses, and so much more.
At the end of the book there are short chapters on materials, equipment, and techniques, wrapping up an excellent book.
I find the finishing techniques for the various projects truly excellent. I haven't seen this number of methods to make a hanging rug in any other books...and I own a lot of needlework books. In fact, I made the cover project of this book:
Needlepoint Designs From Oriental Rugs
and did it in such a way to show how versatile these designs are. I don't do needlepoint so I took 16-count aida and cross stitched the carpet using size 8 pearl cotton. Perfect coverage using only 1 strand--yay, easy threading of the needle! And it took only 5 different colors. In this books, the larger projects take at most 14 different colors. The stitch counts of two of the cushions are about 210 by 210 and the largest pattern is a wall hanging with 183 by 277 stitches. The little Khorasan bags are 67 stitches square and on 14-count canvas they will be less than 5 inches square. Of course you can make these on any count of fabric and use only small motifs or strips if you wanted. Endless possibilities for creativity.
I sheepishly admit that while all the stitching is done, I haven't finished my rug described above. I have searched and searched and asked advice from fellow stitchers. But this book is showing me 3 different ways to do so so I can't wait to finish it and hang it proudly on my wall. I will make tasseled ends and hang it from one end...very easy methods to do this in a striking way. In addition to many books on oriental carpets, I also have these for stitching miniatures that I highly recommend:
Oriental Carpets in Miniature: Charted Designs for Needlepoint or What You Will
Needlework Designs for Miniature Projects: 64 Charts for Counted Cross-Stitch and Needlepoint (Dover Needlework Series)
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