Life has gotten in the way for the last week or so, but I’ve finally got the center of this rug completed. It’s just about 5 inches deep – 64 threads. The inside of the large diamonds were filled in with all the colors of the rug using Smyrna Crosses. The red background is the lightest of the 4 burgundy shades I’m using for this rug. The stitch is Milanese. All the Milanese stitches slant away from the center. I’m glad to be past the halfway mark at long last!
I won’t show this rug very often now, since there will be nothing new to show you. Just an occasional post when I have two or more of the bands done. There are 6 bands I need to repeat on the top half of the rug, plus the outer border all the way around. It’s still going to take some time to finish. This is the slowest rug I’ve ever stitched, but since it’s just for me it isn’t a problem. Here is the whole rug so far:
I have my Ott lamp close to the rug so the colors will show up well. It seems it was too close to the top part of the rug and the red in the center looks much lighter than is really is. The photo of just the center band is a better color representation of this Bordeaux color from Silk & Ivory.
With the ornaments for my granddaughters completed, it was time to get the last of Jim Wurth’s Dodecagons done too. And here it is:
This was supposed to be done on red canvas and I mixed up the last two ornaments. So this is done on the black canvas. I’m upset with myself for mixing them up since you really can’t see the red Kreinik 4-Way stitch that fills in the center section and the Smyrna Crosses that fill in each Jessica. But it is still dramatic as it is. So I’ll live with it. LOL
Many have asked how these will be finished and now that all 12 are done, it’s time to work that out. While my DH and I were talking about it yesterday, I had a great idea! We don’t do a big tree anymore – no kids around at Christmas and we live in a small townhouse. That means that these 5 inch ornaments can’t go on the tree. So what about making a tree out of the ornaments and putting it up on the wall for everyone to see? I did a rough cut around each ornament this morning and laid them out on the floor for a quick photo.
I’m going to finish them myself as “round” ornaments and no hanger. Looking at the photo, I think the two ornaments that are white/gold/silver should be the trunk of the tree. But that decision can be made later. We’ll also have to figure out how to hang them – mount them on a cloth and hang, wood tree-shaped piece, etc. But I do like the idea. What do you think?
It’s been three Sundays since I posted last, but the hat is finally done!
I really look forward to stitching on this on Sundays now! The bottom edge of the hat is kind of ragged, but that’s because his hair, etc will be starting now. The tiny light colored section on the very left is the beginning of his ear. Will have to print out more of the pattern in order to continue next Sunday. If I want to work on this at all during the week, it will be filling in the background some more. During the World Series, I worked on the background on the left side of the hat and added a section 40 stitches by 20 stitches. I’ll work on the right side now to get closer to the right side margin. (90 more stitches on the left to reach the margin and 130 stitches to the right to reach the margin)
Hope everyone else is stitching away and having a good time as well.
I’m working on the center section of the rug now. Three large diamonds are centered across the center and I’ve started to set up the design for them. The diamonds are 64 threads wide and tall. The outer border is filled in with Smyrna Crosses in two shades of Silk & Ivory oranges (tiger and giraffe). The grid in the middle of the diamonds will be filled in with Smyrna Crosses as well from all the colors that are in the rug. I won’t tell you about the areas around the diamonds just yet.
The photo below shows the rug so far. It was taken at an angle since I didn’t want to take it off the frame in order to take a straight-on photo. I’ll take extra time when the center is finished so you get a good look at it.
Since the size of this rug was determined by the outer border, I’m going to work down one side and get the outer border completed. Then I can verify that the borders as stitched so far will fit properly in the space on the bottom half of the canvas. I’m sure it will, but several of the borders cannot be adapted to be 1 or 2 smaller or larger. I want to make sure before I charge ahead to get the rug finished.
My Kreinik thread came earlier this week and I got right to work. I pulled out the silver on two squares of the teal version and restitched with the same Kreinik as the others – a pale green.
Then I completed the last square on the purple version.
I had started the pink and black one, so that got finished next. (Just noticed that one square is missing a bright pink filler. Will get that done after lunch. Don’t you hate it when you post photos and then find a mistake?)
Then I decided that I wanted one myself, but we don’t do a big tree anymore. So I chose to stitch on Congress cloth and make just two squares. It will be finished as a small pillow with just a tiny bit of stuffing. I used overdyed floss for the Amadeus Daggers, silver Kreinik for the shiny stitches, and #12 red perle for the little fillers.
I hope to have them all make up as squares and my little pillow next week. I’ll be sure to post them when they are all done. Which is your favorite? I certainly can’t decide which one I like best!
Like the teal version I showed you recently, I’ve run out of #4 Kreinik braid for this version. They are on order and will be here any day now. So there is one square that isn’t quite done.
This time, I used a medium shade of purple to do all the Amadeus Daggers and a very dark shade to stitch the edges and little fill-in areas. I didn’t think the Kreinik braid would show up very well if the sides were done in a lighter color.
While I wait for the 3 spools of Kreinik to arrive, I’ve already started the next version. Pink threads on black canvas! I little harder to see as I work, but I’ve done this enough now that I can handle it. I have the six squares outlined and I just started the first dagger. I hope to have them all done by the end of the month, but it could slide over in November. We’ll see.
I’m still working on this just one day a week, so progress is slow. But I’m pleased with my progress I’ve made in the last three weeks.
There are just a few more stitches to do to complete the top of his hat. And I’ve started filling in the background around it so you can see how it all looks. On the lower left of the hat, you can see the beginning of the band that will go across the bottom of the hat as well. I hope to have that all done by the time you see this again.
I”ve also decided that if I’m not in the mood for the complicated stitches in my needlepoint projects, I’ll pick this up once a week or so and just work on background while I watch TV. You know I have miles of that to do to the left of the hat. So maybe a few extra lengths of background thread each week will help get that done.