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Petit Point is a traditonal embroidery art which had the bloom of its life at time of the Empress Maria Theresia in Austria.
The embroidery looks like a half cross stitch, however the stitches are layed on the back side over two threads. The outcome of this is a solid picture.
The embroidery is done on silk gauze (fabric), which is available in different fine yarn counts:
- 11er gauze: 11-12 yarn/cm -> quantity of stitches 121-144/cm²
- 15er gauze: 15-16 yarn/cm -> quantity of stitches 225-256/cm²
- 19er gauze: 19-20 yarn/cm -> quantity of stitches 361-400/cm²
- 21er gauze: 21-22 yarn/cm -> quantity of stitches 441-484/cm²
In former times the quality was defined in inch:
- 11er gauze: 900 stitches to the square inch
- 15er gauze: 1600 stitches to the square inch
- 19er gauze: 2500 stitches to the square inch
- 21er gauze: 3500 stitches to the square inch
The higher the yarn counts the finer, smaller and clearer is the appearance of the stitched motive. Here you can see a part in the same size from the picture "Schweizertor" stitched on 11er, 15er and 19er gauze - the finer the gauze the more details are shown:
Here you can see the difference on basis of the motive "Pansy" with 2055 stitches on 11er, 15er and 19er gauze: