Folder Petit Point english

The embroidery by hand is many centuries old. Homer, for example, reported that his wife had stitched many carpets.
The cross and half-cross stitching were already popular in the Middle Ages. These tapestries were hung up in castles and palaces in order to make them warmer and friendlier.
The rococo period brought an important change, as the materials (canvases) became finer so that ornamental objects, evening bags, jewels and much more could be produced. The smaller area required many fine types of embroidery and so the petit point embroidery came into being.The name comes from the fact that each stitch looks like a point to the naked eye.
Paintings of famous artists serve as models. They are dissolved into individual colour points, each colour point being equivalent to a stitch in the piece of embroidery. The trick is to make the finished product come as close as possible to the original in terms of colour and expressiveness. In order to be able to reproduce a painting’s character, these extraordinarily fine works require up to 3,500 stitches per square inch. Only people with distinct colour sensitivity are able to accomplish the colour compilation: the colours of the pieces of embroidery are chosen from a range of 800 shades. It is therefore hardly surprising that the works from the Viennese manufactory are easily distinguished from machine-made goods.
Centuries after Empress Maria Theresia’s rule, the fine embroideries are in demand, even at royal households: The Viennese manufactory is very pleased that it may count European royal houses and also Japanese imperial family among its customers.

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