This rug continues to fight with me every inch of the way. So some days, I just walk away and let it roll around in my head – trying to think of a better way to do things or another stitch that will work better. But I do have the two motifs for Band 2 to show you today, finally.
I left Band 1 in the photo so you can see how much bigger Band 2 is. The light brown thread across the top is to help keep track of where each motif should start and end. This is the third time I’ve done that for this band. I think it’s finally going to work out across the row.
The Greek key type row at the beginning and end of the first motif just didn’t look right when I finished it so I added another row of the Cabernet across the top – looked better. I didn’t realize that adding that one stitch would change everything else as I stitched it. I like the combination of Sprat’s Heads and Diagonal Mosaic on the left and right side of the larger motif. The large X is done in a variation of Burden Stitch – slow going. The triangles at the top and bottom of the motif are from Suzie’s Portable Stitches 2 – Sprat’s Head Herringbone. This was also used for the light green triangles in the second motif. I needed to make this second motif skinnier because the first motif changed in size. The Herringbone stitch is now over 3 threads instead of 4. The striped zigzag is a little narrower as well.
It’s now ready to go and Band 2 should be done by the time it’s shown here again in two weeks. I’m hoping for trouble free stitching for a while. Here is the rug so far.
A couple of rough days and not much stitching. But the borders are all done.
I’ve also finished the diamonds running straight down the middle and straight across the middle. When I started stitching them the way I had them designed, I hated them. So I ripped them out and then tried something different, like the center diamond but with two colors. I like them this way and they look better.
Toward the bottom, I have started the next pattern. The squares are done in a lighter blue than the diamonds and are filled with the medium rust. There are only four sets of these, and I hope it won’t take long to stitch. I’m also working on the ecru to fill in the empty spaces in the border.
Since this project and the Border Rug are moving so slowly, I’ve decided to post about them every two weeks instead of weekly. Today is the mandala and next Wed. will be the rug.
I had one week when this project just sat – very little stitching time in the mornings and I wanted to work on the rug. So for the last week and a half I’m been working on the second mosque. Most of the first minaret is completed. The top will get done when I do the dome of the mosque – so several weeks away at this point. The door has been outlined and the two panels to the left and the right of the door are almost complete.
The door will take some time because the top of the door is a mosaic that is stitched over one thread. I want to spend one day each two weeks working on beads. I want the carpet leading up to the mosque to be finished by the time the mosque itself is finished. And there is still a lot of metallic top stitching to do on the buildings to the left as well. I’ll be busy.
Here’s the project as it looks today.
I almost met my goal for the week. I will be able to finish the border in just another day or two and the rest of the dark rust by tomorrow. And I’ve started to fill in the empty spots in the border with Ecru. I’ll pull out the white in the center over the next day or so. I can’t wait to get busy on the rest of the design and fill in all the empty sections.
I hope to be close to the finish by this time next week. I get a little done every day.
Everything seems to be going too slow right now. I got to the corner with the large border, just the outline. Found a mistake at the beginning of the day’s work and had to rip it all out. Got that finished and restitched the border outline again. Then I started the small red border and got part of that one around the corner as well. Then I noticed another error in the next border – the small black and white border next to the center design area. I only had to rip out an inch this time, but it’s done and I hope things will move along better over the next week.
Hope your stitching week is running smoother than mine.
Finally finished the first band of the rug. Today I got the rest of the brown divider between the motifs and the row across the rug to separate this band from the next one. I’m really pleased with how it looks.
When I get back upstairs on Friday and Saturday, I’ll need to spend time extending the outer borders up on both sides. Then I can start the next band which is about twice as wide as the one I just finished. I’ve changed some of the stitches on the two new motifs and I’ll practice stitch over the next couple of days and also make sure they will fit across the row.
I’ve spent most of the last week working on the borders. Two points (at the top and the right are completed and I’m almost done with the point on the left as well. I know they will all be done by next week. On this 14 count Aida, it will be 12″ from top to bottom and side to side.
I’ve also started the next layer of the fillings., using medium turquoise and the darkest of the rust color. I like the way it weaves up and down as I stitch it around the center. I also need to stitch the four little diamonds in this second layer too.
Once the borders are completed, the rest should fill in quickly. I doubt that the whole design will be completely done next week, but the borders will be done and I hope another layer will be done as well.
This WIP is coming along slowly – but I’m getting there. I’m working on the largest border, trying to get to the corner across the bottom. This is the most complicated of the borders. Then I can work across the top as well. After I’ve reached the corners with the large border, I can start extending the other borders on the inside. I won’t be able to do too much more of the middle until I have the borders stitched.
Right now I’m just working on this and my first cross stitch design in the afternoons and evenings. I want to get them both completed. Then I can get back to the Stofft Santa and Ghiradelli Square. I’ve decided that I can’t have so many things going at once. So, two projects upstairs and two projects downstairs. That’s it for now. When one is done, I can start on something else.
I’ve had interruptions every morning this week and haven’t had enough stitching time upstairs. I’ve been working my way across the first band by outlining each of the motifs to make sure everything would fit. Then I started working across the band one color at a time. I haven’t gotten very far on that, but the first of each motif is completely finished and I’ve started the border that will separate this band from the next one as well. Here’s a close-up of the ones that are done.
I said that I wouldn’t use any Rhodes stitches with two colors. So I tried a Ray stitch with two colors instead. I like it! In the first motif, the dark red is a Sprat’s Head and the light blue at each end is a Ray stitch. The second motif has Mosaic and Cashmere stitches in greens and off-white. The Ray stitch is Paprika and Natural (off-white). As I work my way across the band and complete the individual motifs, I’ll stitch the dividing border and the two thread separation between the motifs. I planned on doing the dividing border in Van Dyke, but I wanted it over 3 threads instead of 4. I ended up with a very tight woven band and I do like it, so I’m not going to rip it out and change it now. I also need to get more of the outer borders done on the right side. I have a lot to do over the next week. Hopefully it will get done this time.
Here is the rug so far:
It’s looking more like one of my rugs now – threads hanging all over the place. I try to start and end threads on top of the canvas since it is so large. By next week they will all be covered up and it will look neater.
Inspiration for new designs can come from anywhere! But you know I love rug designs the most. Even though I have many books on my shelves that have rug history, rug design, Persian rugs, Tribal rugs, etc. I still love to surf the web looking for something unusual. I found this rug on UrbanRugs.com. It’s a Persian Nain rug from Iran. The wheels in my little brain have been spinning for a couple of months now – a new rug (maybe next year), needlepoint pillows and maybe some cross stitch designs.
Since I already have a large rug started, I decided to do a cross stitch design based on the center of the rug. I charted it out and started stitching. Did some ripping and then got on track with some changes. Here are the colors I’ll be using and a peek at a little of the chart (some things have changed since this photo was taken).
Right now the design is about 6″ on 14 ct Cream Aida. I’ve filled in the little holes in the borders around the middle with white floss, but I’m not sure I like it. I might try the lightest turquoise to see if I like it better (beads maybe?). The center section is now completed and I’ll be adding to the brown border as I fill in the hexagons that are completed. Eventually it will be a 12″ diamond.
I’ll try to get one point on the diamond outlined by the next time you see it.