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.
I wanted to give you a progress report so you could see how the pattern develops. You saw part one of the border last week. Here is part 2.
The shorter row now has the second layer of stitching in the same color as the outline. The two longer rows have the first layer done in Toasted Almond and the inside layer done in Gingersnap, the darker color. That means that I’m done with all the stitching with Gingersnap. The next row, moving out to the left and right, is a short row again (only 6 diamonds) so it will have the inner and outer layers in the same color – Toasted Almond. I have part of this done already so you can see how it will look.
I’ll continue with Toasted Almond and get these two shorter rows done this week. Then I’ll start on the next two longer rows of 7 diamonds. These will have an outside layer stitched in Cafe Au Lait which is a little lighter than Toasted Almond. The inner layer will be Toasted Almond. Then I can put all the Toasted Almond thread away too.
This pattern will continue until I have ten diamonds across the top and bottom in the longest rows. Right now there are only two diamonds in the longer rows. I definitely have a ways to go with this, but it’s an easy design to pick up and stitch while watching TV for an hour in the evening. I’m alternating this with Koshga right now in the evenings so I can get Koshga finished. Then I’ll have more time for this one.
Not a lot of progress over the last two weeks, but I have completed Band 4 and turned the rug around so it will be easier to work with.
I did one more repeat of the outer border motif of the left side and then turned it around so I can work on the right side. I’ve turned the photo, but the canvas is actually rotated 90 degrees. The start of Band 5 is right on the edge of the canvas and I’ll be working across the bottom outer border.
I’ve practiced stitched the new motif so I know it will work out well. I stitched the outline of the first one to make sure the spacing on the row will work out. The pale blue/gray line in the photo above is there to mark where each of the motifs will start and end and the spacing between them is exactly right. Nice! Here’s a close-up of the motif for Band 5.
It’s fun coming up with stitches for each of these motifs. I’m using a lot of Ray, Rhodes, and Sprat’s Head stitches. I’ve been looking through stitch books trying to find more variations on these stitches that I will be able to use. There are some new ones coming up in this new band. I hope they work out well. The background will be Nobuko again. It’s a quick stitch and always looks nice. I’ll be trying the lighter burgundy for this band. There’s a lot of it and I worry about it overwhelming or “clashing” with all the dark burgundy (Cabernet) in the last band. I’ve also decided to use a different blue on this band, not the lighter blue from Bands 1 and 3. This one is a blue/gray. I think it will look better.
I finally figured out how to do the borders for this rug and decided to jump right in! Here is the inspiration – a modern rug from Peru.
If you look at it closely, you’ll see that the colors for the borders get lighter as it moves from the center to the outer edge at the right. With that in mind, I bought 5 shades of a family from Pepper Pot Silk and started stitching. The center is darker (Gingersnap) and the next set of diamonds is much lighter (Toasted Almond).
This is only part one of the border. I’ll add a second layer to make the inside of each diamond a smooth line. I’ll just be working on the borders for a while, changing colors as I go. The centers of the diamonds will be a lot of different patterns, some from the original rug and more that are different stitches or combinations that come to mind as I play with the design. I will be changing the colors for the centers as well. The main color will be turquoise (again) with touches of yellow and a brilliant blue. Should be a lot of fun.
I’m working on this downstairs and it will be about 10″ X 17.” I’m trying hard to get Koshga finished, so this one doesn’t get worked on every day. It probably won’t be back here again for about 2 weeks.