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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Joan Adams Miniature Rugs

I recently purchased a Joan Adams catalog of her miniature rug charts. Joan Adams designed numerous charts for dollhouse miniature rugs to petit point or punch needle in the 1980s-1990s. I am a fan of her work because they are detailed, but many of her rugs can be stitched on 22-30 count mesh canvas whereas many petit point rugs for dollhouse miniatures have high counts, and in order to be reasonably sized for the typical dollhouse, requires stitching on 40 count or higher. She also had a wonderful sense of color and finished rugs from her design are gorgeous from the few I have seen.

Below is a listing of charts from the catalog, so you have an idea of the scope of her designs. I have listed the stitch count in ( ) and the catalog # in bold. The catalog and charts can still be purchased, but through her best friend Juanita Goolsby. Sadly, Joan died April 5, 2011. Juanita is currently looking into donating Joan's charts to the Guiild School as a lasting legacy to Joan's work. I will post more on this as events develop.

The catalog I bought was printed on 8.5 x 11" paper folded over and stapled in the middle, printed front and back, features black and white pics of completed rugs, and a description of the chart's design/colors/origins. The catalog lists 46 rugs, but there 2 file boxes in existence of all her charts in Juanita's possession, so this is just a sampling of her designs.

1- Kazak/12K (215 x 165)
2- Chinese Vase/59CV (139 x 189)
3- English Floral/100EF (127 x 175)
4- English Floral companion/100COMP (90-153 and 69 x 159)
5- Herati/185H (205 x 269)
6- Blue Bird/302BB (103 x 125)
7- Dhurrie/124DH (173 x 242)
8- Saruk/7S (203 x 273)
9- Spanish Admiral/105SA (123 x 215)
10- Persian Flower Saruk/178PF ( 181 x 229)   Large flowers in border
11- Rose Aubusson/255A (177 x 225)
12- Blue Dragon/98BD (187 x 259)
13- Aubusson 6 and 240 Companion rugs/COMP2
14- Pink Kashan/190PK (173 x 221)
15- Heriz/1HZ (165 x 111)
16- Ushak Bird Rug/179UB (149 x 201)
17- Chinese Shou/46CS (261 x 201)
18- Persian Hunt/36PH (234 x 190)
19- Heriz/2BH (185 x 235)
20- Violet Aubusson/250VA (165 x 205)
21- Cartouche Aubusson/220CA (177 x 215)
22- Lattice Aubusson/231LA (181 x 265)
23- Persian Saruk/177PS (181 x 229)  Small flowers in border
24- Konia/202K (193 x 245)
25- Savvonnaire/245S (198 x 225)
26- Savonnerie/240S (157 x 201)
27- Thousand Flowers Prayer/60PR (285 x 377)  designed for 40 ct or smaller
28- Blue Tabriz/111BT (175 x 253)
29- Portuguese Floral/104PF (139 x 225)
30- Aubusson/247A (177 x 221)  Raspberry and cream design
31- Ushak Garden/210UG (207 x 237)
32- Chinese Fret/95F (185 x 233)
33- Red Dragon/99RD (173 x 223)
34- Aubusson/138A (163 x 215)     Soft blue and cream background
35- Dhurrie/126HA or HB   Chevron design in pink, green & beige
36- Chinese Lattice/53CL (89 x 199)
37- Aubusson/6A (205 x 306)
38- Chinese Lion/65L (203 x 273)
39- Teddy Bear/303TB (128 x 166)
40- Chinese Butterfly/56CB (201 x 289)
41- Panda/300P (93 x 116)
42- Wreath of Roses/13WR (143 x 182)
43- Indian Trees/106IT (208 x 276)
44- Daghestan/114DG (159-249)
45- Caucasian/21C (155 x 231)
46- Tabriz/112T (135 x 225)

Here are links to some rugs from Joan's designs. If you have pics to share of finished rugs from Joan's charts, please email me so we can post the picture or the link.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/21334134/vintage-handmade-miniature-rug-doll&usg=

I have on order 22 of her charts, and as I complete them, I will post pics so people can see how marvelous her designs are.

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