Tapisserie to the Petit point
also called Needlepoint.
Needlepoint Tapestry is made using a small stitch called Petit point on a
groundwork called canvas. To make these tapestries, one has used often too the
cross stitch. One of its current uses in decorative art of furnishing is the
seat cover. Since centuries famous artists draw on their paperboards for the men
and women's expert hands, peoples who were not less famous, and devoting
themselves to this Creative Leisure.
It is certainly the oldest use of the of colored threads in decoration,
whether clothing or furnishing. Indeed it were in Solutrean era and human being
group, born in south-west of France (22 000 to 17 000 B.C.) that the
needle with eye were invented. It is undoubtedly a complex tool since it is
conceived by itself answers to several functions: the one to pierce and one
other to retain a thread and to allow the crossing of it through a thickness of
Of size lesser than the low and hight warp Tapestry loom, the tool used is
in this case named standing frame. That small dimenssion facilitates its
displacement from a room of an apartment to another and even outside or in
travels. This ease of implement is without any doubt at the origin of the
success of the Tapestry to the Petit Point, the needlepoint art,
across all social class and particularly at the origin of its difusion in the
one having free times i.e. the nobility and the upper middle class.
One could say needlepoint tapestry was an intimist art compared to the low
or hight warp tapestry which would be more architectural. This is to ignore
certain immense works which were carried out using this technique. Without
speaking about the tapestry of Bayeux suming up nearly seventy five meters
length, which is more related with the embroidery, one can still today admire in
Clandon and Parham park in Great Britain the majestic hanging of bed of almost
three meters in height. What also to say of these true tapestries still nowadays
realized to the Petit point and who also measure off more than three square
Thus works as varied as mural tapestries, bell-pulls, cushions, pelmet etc.
seen the day thanks to this individual and unmemorable creative Art. Michelet, a
great French writer and historian said in its book the People: I knew
several distinguished women who said to not well be able to think, nor to well
speak, but at same time being doing needlepoint tapestry.