|Bobbie Schoonmaker's Afshar rug on 40 ct silk gauze|
Needlepoint is the general term for embroidery worked on a counted canvas or fabric using tent stitch (continental stitch) and basketweave stitch. Gros point is the larger scale stuff, worked on size 16 ct canvas and above (16 ct to 8 ct per inch). What we use in the miniaturist's world is petit point. Definitions for petit point vary, but the current consensus seems to be that petit point is small scale needlepoint, especially on silk gauze, smaller than 18 ct (22 ct, 32 ct, 40 ct, 48 ct up to 100 ct!)
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Petitpointers group on Yahoo: the best, most active group of people doing petitpoint on the Internet. Most of the members are working on silk gauze, in the 40 ct range and smaller, but they're VERY welcoming of all people, including beginners, and there's no pressure to do anything but have a good time at whatever level you're working at. Very inspirational, and a very supportive group of people.
ABOUT PETIT POINT
The Needlepoint community at About.com
Miniature Needlework Society
SHOPS SELLING SCALE PETIT POINT KITS, CHARTS AND SUPPLIES
Micro Stitchery -- IGMA Fellow Bobbie Schoonmaker's charts and kits available here, most of them on 40 ct silk gauze.
Miniature Home -- IGMA member Melissa Boling's charts and kits here, most on 40 and 48 ct.
Janet Granger -- Beautiful charts and kits, mostly at the larger end of the petit point definition (18 - 32 ct, some on silk gauze). She also sells some supplies. Great starting place for beginners!
Mini Stitches -- Annelle Ferguson's site, with silk gauze kits (mostly gorgeous samplers) available
Stitches in Miniature -- some very pretty carpet designs on 22 ct canvas.
Magic Miniatures -- historical works of art charted for petit point -- some very high count charts (70 ct) and many more at 40 ct. Charts only, some can be downloaded, which is convenient. A wide variety of subjects.
Felicity Price -- Patterns and kits on 22 ct canvas. Some really lovely designs -- I have her book, too :)
Cookie Ziemba -- gorgeous kits for miniature crewel work (okay, it's not petit point, but it's beautiful :))