I’m getting a little more time on this now that I’m not working on the mandala for the rest of the month. I have half of Band 6 done and I hope to have the other half done by the end of the week. It takes time to outline all the little diamonds, but they fill in very quickly using Triple Double Cross stitches. The lighter red along the edges is a variation of Sprat’s Head – used earlier in the band with olive and orange. The next section will be the middle band which is larger than any of the others. At the top, left you can see a few long stitches. That how much space the middle band will cover. The pale yellow triangle on the left (that isn’t filled in yet) marks the center of the rug at exactly 16.25 inches. I have the center band charted for 75-80 threads, but the space available now is only about 67 threads. Some of the bands ended up being a thread or two wider than originally planned. So I will have to practice stitch and make some adjustments before I can start that one next week.
So I still have a lot of work to do. I want it done this year, so I really need to get to work on it. I have other rugs planned for next year and I don’t want to put them off. So here is the rug so far.
I haven’t worked on this much, but need to get busy and finish filling in all those diamonds. I’ve only done 6 so far. My color scheme is yellow, turquoise, and bright blue. There will be a little off-white and white, but not very much. Here are the ones I’ve done so far.
I’ve used Fyre Werks Holigram turquoise straight stitches on the very top one, then large cross stitches over that in yellow. Below that is Framed Mosaic using #4 Kreinik braid for the Mosaic stitches and an over dyed yellow thread. The bright blue to the right is the Arrowhead stitch, using El Molina rayon thread for the bright blue, and light yellow floss for the other stitches. The next row has the Ashley stitch on the left, done with Kreinik ribbon and Sparkle Rays. To the right of that is Vertical Wave stitch using an over dyed turquoise thread and bright yellow Vineyard Silk. The last one on the bottom is Twisted Cross and Ray stitches. The Twisted Cross is done in yellow Flair and the Ray stitch is done in El Molino rayon thread in blue. I have a long way to go, and I know that I won’t be using 124 different stitches – there will be a lot of repeats. This is great way to use up lots of small amounts of thread from my stash. I have a large bag of threads, many of them with just a few yards. I hope to use up at least half of all those colors.
Here is the rug so far. You can see that I have a lot to do. See you next month with this rug – hoping to have at it half done by then.
I’m back to working on this a couple mornings a week now and making progress. I finished Band 5 and I’ve just started Band 6.
I’ll finish the light green diamonds across the middle and then turn the rug around to work on the other side. Once I have this much stitched, I can start the next steps. There will be more outlines before I actually stitch the fill-in stitches for the triangles along the edges and the diamonds themselves. I also need to work on the outer border on the other side.
Here is the whole rug so far.
When Band 6 is completed, it will be time to stitch the very large band for the center of the rug. Can’t wait for that one – it’s going to be very colorful!
I’ve been working on the outline diamonds for this rug upstairs so I could get it completed a little faster. All 124 diamonds are now done and all the Sprat’s Heads are completed as well. Love those little half Sprat’s Heads at the four corners!
As you can see, the diamonds got lighter and lighter as I worked toward the outer edges. I used five different shades from one color family of Pepper Pot silk. Now that the diamonds are done, it’s time to play with stitches I will use to fill in those 124 diamonds. Below is my practice stitch canvas. It’s long and narrow and as I try out various stitches, I can move the canvas up a little at a time until it’s completely filled. I’m keeping track of the stitch names on a sheet of paper so I can tell you the names as I work on the rug. The practice stitch canvas is being stitched with a handful of floss and will NOT be the colors that I’m using for the actual rug. (I’m trying to use up my stash of Anchor floss.)
I have a list of about 40 stitches I’m going to try out before I start on the actual rug. I’ll be busy over the next week trying them out. Then I’ll start on the rug itself. Let the fun begin!
I’ve been stitching each day but not making enough progress on things to show you. Finally got the center finished and started the next step so I could show it to you.
Around the center from last time, I stitched 8 points stars in pale gray Elegance and then did a Ray stitch over them with red Marlitt. The four corners were padded with Grandeur and satin stitched over that with red Splendor. The last step in the middle was to do Four Way Continental in the space between the center and the stars with Kreinik silver braid #8.
I have just started the next step – 48 Jessicas done in #8 Kreinik braid in dark red. Next will be to fill in the open areas between the Jessicas and the completed center with Sprats Heads. I haven’t looked ahead to see what comes next. I only pull out about 5 pages at a time. There’s quite a ways to go still.
I’ve gotten a few more rows done on this rug now. I’ve finished Ginger Snap (the darkest color) and the Toasted Almond – the next color going out from the center. The last rows on the left and right are now Cafe au Lait.
The differences in the colors are very subtle now, but they are getting lighter. Then I decided to start working on the triangular areas along the bottom. Since they are at the bottom of the shorter rows, I used the same colors as the diamonds in those rows. These shorter rows have both layers of the diamond stitched in the same color – Ginger Snap in the center and Toasted Almond next. I decided to use Sprat’s Heads in those areas.
I’ve also started the next shorter row using Cafe au Lait for both layers. The next color will be Vanilla, slightly lighter in color, for the outside and Cafe au Lait for the inside stitches..
So here is the rug so far – 12″ tall and about 9″ from side to side. It will be 12 X 18 when it is done.
Note: This post was supposed to be posted last Wed. Somehow it didn’t happen, so today you get two posts!
Not a lot of progress over the last two weeks. I had to rip out part of the outer border today when I noticed a mistake. But I have started on Band 5. The background is Burgundy Mosaic stitches. The motif has several stitches with the blue ones being my favorite. They are Amadeus Triangles done in Slate Blue Silk & Ivory. The center is a variation of a Ray stitch, but not all the stitches go into the center hole. I’ve reversed the colors in the two motifs that are stitched and will continue to alternate across the row.
Here is the rug so far.
I’ll try to get more done before the next posting.