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1. THE CARPET I LIKE IS TOO SMALL FOR MY ROOM The carpet can be made larger by extending the border. Extend the tent stitch around the border of the carpet with the binding colour until the required size is reached.(Also see answer to question 2)
If you wish to take this option then contact me so that I can adjust the size of fabric and the quantity of thread in the kit. (A small extra charge may apply)
 
2. THE CARPET I LIKE IS THE WRONG SIZE FOR MY ROOM The size of carpets can be altered by changing the count (number of stitches per inch) of the fabric/canvas used.

eg. The Aubusson Blue Trellis is 9.8 x 10 ins (25 x 25.5 cms) on 22 count fabric.
If you want the maximum dimension to be 8.5 ins (21.5 cms) then the count of fabric required can easily be calculated.

Multiply the original length by the count to give you the number of stitches
10 ins x 22 count = 220 stitches

Divide the number of stitches by the size you need your carpet to be
220 divided by 8.5 ins = 25.88 = 26 count

You will need to work on 26 count fabric to make the carpet with a maximum length of 8.5 ins.
 
3. I MADE A MISTAKE IN THE STITCHING a. If you notice the mistake straight away then pull out the incorrect stitches BUT don't reuse the thread as it will be damaged.

b. If it is a minor error of 2 or 3 stitches then, even if you don't notice the mistake until later, you can stitch over the top in the correct colour. Carefully manoever the new stitch to cover the incorrect stitch.

c. If it is a mistake of more than a few stitches then it must be pulled out - CAREFULLY so as not to damage the fabric. A dressmakers stitch unpicker is helpfull.
 
4. THE STITCHES ARE NOT COVERING THE BACKGROUND a. You may be pulling the stitches too tight.

b. You may be allowing the thread to become twisted during stitching.

c. If you are using too long a length of thread it may be being worn thin by being repeatedly pulled through the fabric.

d. If it is a limited number of stitches it is possible, when the carpet is damped or steamed during finishing, to carefully spread the problem stitches with a blunt needle.
 
5. THE FRINGE ON MY CARPET KEEPS WORKING LOOSE First retighten the knots.
Then apply a line of fray stop or fabric glue - CAREFULLY - to the back of the knots.
 
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