Stuff Portuguese Needlework Rugs: The Time-Honored Art of Arraiolos Rugs Adapted for Modern Handcrafters
by Patricia Stone
ISBN-10: 0914440497
ISBN-13: 9780914440499
EPM Publications
1981
HC w/ Dust Jacket
Pages: 118
Language(s): English
Very Good/Good - Light to moderate cover and edge wear; dj has several repaired tears along edges; PO name inside front cover.
$16.00

Anyone who has visited Portugal is well acquainted with the charm of Arraiolos rugs - nad may even know how to pronounce their name (Are-rye-OH-loosh). A number of Arraiolos rugs grace the floors of historic buildings and private homes in the US, but for all of that many Americans have never seen one.

In Portuguese Needlework Rugs readers will find not only a pictorial gallery of a variety of Arraiolos dating from as early as the seventeenth century, but also complete instructions for creating any of 13 designs of their own. Never before has the Arraiolos technique been set down in such detail and with such helpful drawings. The technique is a counted thread type of embroidery that uses several variations of the long-legged cross stitch. The stitches are worked on a choice of canvases from charted patterns and can be mastered in a few hours, even by an inexperienced needleworker.

An Arraiolos has many advantages over conventional handmade rugs. Its "long" or "third" leg of the cross stitch gives extra density and durability. The rug works up gratifyingly fast, uses no special equipment and can be carried with you. It can be worked by a left- or right-handed person as well as by more than one person at the same time. It makes maximum use of wool yarn because nearly all remains on top of the canvas. And, finally, it requires no lining and rarely, because of the way it's sewn, needs blocking.

"To make an Arraiolos," says Patricia Stone, "is wonderfully satisfying and seems uniquely suited to today's fast-paced, ever-changing lifestyles."