Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Arraiolos Stitch - Portuguese embroidered rugs













Here are three rugs stitched by me. The arraiolos rugs are known in many countries and we can find many, in palaces and castles carpeting the floors, as well as tapestries done in the same stitch hanging in many walls.
The first record we have of "arraiolos" goes back to the 15th century. Arraiolos is the name of a village, whose name goes hand in hand with this embroidery.

I hope you like them and in a near future (work allowing) I will make some photos of the steps to make such a rug and of the stitches. One of the photos shows the back of the rug which has to be as perfect as the front.

5 comments:

samplerlover said...

Hi Cristina,
What amazing rugs that you have made. Also your Beatrix Potter is lovely. I look forward to seeing more of your blog.

nuffsaid said...

These rugs are absolutely gorgeous! I look forward to seeing how you make these (and perhaps you could give us instructions on how to do this?) I also really like the pouch purse that you showed the pictures of. Lovely work! I just subscribed to your blog. Carolyn

djcnor said...

Hello,
I have a kit for such a rug that I bought in Portugal. However, I only know one of the three stitches that, I understand, are used in them, the extended cross stitch. Could you describe the other two stitches?

Nadine d'Arras said...

UN SEUL MOT P S U R E B E S - Bravo

SJNorris said...

I am trying to learn how to do these style of rugs and cannot figure out the mitered corners. Any help with that?

Shelly