I want to redesign my website so I’m starting with a page I’d like to delete for now.
Until the end of the month, all the small designs on my website will be half price. These are the coasters designs and tile designs on the Charted Designs page. This will be your last chance to purchase these designs.
Next year that page will contain the small rug designs like the Mini Maroc Rug that I just finished. I’m working on the instructions for that one now and will be on sale in January.
Just finished up this little 5″ X 7″ rug on Congress Cloth. A variety of stitches make it a fun stitch. I did my version all in silk – Splendor, Needlepoint Inc. and Kreinik Silk.
Now to get the stitch instructions written up so some of you can try it out too. I hope to have it available by the end of the year.
Slow going still. I didn’t do any practice stitching before I started this rug and boy do I regret that. I’ve been changing colors and trying stitch after stitch trying to get things to look like I pictured this rug in my head.
The center band is now complete. I did the lavender stitches, leaving one thread between each of the Hungarian stitches. Then used the medium purple to make the long cross stitch through the center. The triangle was stitched with the darkest shade of teal. Between these two sets of stitches I did Basketweave in white Splendor. That left the open triangles to fill in. I wanted a lacy look and tried about 10 stitches and didn’t get the look I wanted. I settled for Oblong Cross stitches (though I’m not thoroughly pleased with the result).
I’ve started working on the 8-pointed star band again. You can see I’ve used my laying tool to open the canvas a little in the five places where I’ll stitch the Eyelets next. Since there are no more decisions to be made, I hope I can work faster now and get this little rug completed soon.
Stitching is starting to pick up a little here, at last. I’ve finished the band with the 8-pointed stars. I decided not to do any background on the area around the Eyelets but did a simple background for the top and bottom of the band with Basketweave Twill. This is done on the diagonal like Baskektweave but you stitch every other row. On the top of the canvas, it looks like Skip Tent stitch which is stitched horizontally on the canvas.
I’ve started the next band, which will be the center band of the rug. I’ve started with the darkest shade of teal and the lightest shade of purple so far. I’ll be back with this rug when the center is done and I’ve started the band with 8-pointed starts again. Then it should move along quickly since all the decisions about colors and stitches have been made.
The website is back to normal as of last night. My ISP was on top of it right away and one by one restored the individual websites that were hacked. Scary but okay now.
As I mentioned in the last post about this rug, I’ve taken out the pink thread in the row of little boxes and replaced it with a pale yellow. Then I continued with the pale yellow and stitched Sprat’s Heads along the bottom and top of the current band of the rug. I haven’t done the four corners yet. Then I took a darker yellow and did a modified Star Eyelet in between the 8-pointed stars. I haven’t decided if I want to fill in the background around the various elements or not. I’ll have to think a little more on that.
This little rug is now 3″ tall and the next band will be the center of the rug.
This little rug seems to argue with me over every color and stitch. Ever had that problem with a project? I changed the color that I needed to start the second band. That seemed to work well, so I quickly got the next part stitched as well, using the middle shade of purple to make the diamonds. No problem. Then it was time to fill in the diamonds using my favorite stitch – Rhodes done in two colors. I got the white part done, laying the 4 plies carefully. I tried 4 plies of the dark purple and thought it looked very heavy, so I pulled it out and tried 2 plies of silk. No, that didn’t work either. So I played with several ideas and ended up with only 3 lines crossing the Rhodes stitches done in white, using 2 plies of the dark purple. I can live with this. I quickly added the light purple across the top and a Slanted Gobelin band over 2 threads in beige and called it a night.
This rug is still just 1.75″ tall so I have a ways to go. Tonight I’ll start the next band and cross my fingers that the colors and stitches I have planned will work nicely together.
Not a lot of progress on this piece. I started the next band, but decided that I didn’t like the color at all! It looks too red and doesn’t go well with the pale rose in the band below it.
I search my stash and couldn’t find any other purple shades that I could use. So I went to the Internet and searched for conversion charts for Needlepoint Inc silk and found one that gives DMC color equivalents. I took the numbers of several colors from that chart and then went to a conversion chart for DMC to Splendor, and wrote down some colors that should work. Amazing how each chart didn’t have all the colors from any of the companies though. But I got 2 numbers to work with.
Looking at the Splendor color family charts, it was hard to really make a decision for a lighter and a darker shade using only online charts – colors can vary a lot. So I placed an order for 4 cards of Splendor from Come to the Point, a shop in San Rafael, CA that is about 45 minutes south of me on Tuesday and they were here yesterday (Thanks Michelle!). Two of the colors looked a little too blue and the other two look great. I pulled out the stitches above the dark teal line and restitched it with the new color below.
Then I started the next part of the new band to make sure everything would look okay. I have three shades of Purple Pansy family from Needlepoint Inc Silk but there isn’t enough distinction from one number to the next and there isn’t a very light shade available for this family, so I’m having to work around the middle shade that I have a lot of in my stash. I’m hoping that I can move along a lot faster now and have another update for you at the beginning of next week.
We’re having a hard time figuring out where to hang all the larger sized rugs that I create. And many of you don’t want to tackle a rug that is 18″ X 28″ either. So I’ve decided to design some smaller rugs from around the world on Congress Cloth. They’ll be 5″x7″ so they’ll be quicker to complete.
I always start with Morocco, where I used to live (many years ago). No inspiration this time, just putting together motifs that I like and going with the flow. I’m using Needlepoint Inc. silk and Splendor to stitch this little rug in teal, purple, pink, and white.
There won’t be a lot of special stitches in this one though, so it’s an easier pattern for everyone to try. The first border is just slanted Gobelin in two colors. The next border is straight stitches that are laid and then I used a dark teal to backstitch between the lighter teal and the white. The top border in the photo is two rows of slanted Gobelin in dark teal with a row of pink and white Scotch stitches. 5″ wide and not quite 1″ tall so far.
I’m working on patterns for 3 more countries to be added as time permits – Peru, Madagascar, and Guatemala. For the last two I’ll be creating a rug using colors and motifs from the beautiful fabrics created in those countries.
Since these ornaments are quick to stitch, I decided to get another thing off my To Do List. This is Monrovia and it’s done in the same colors as Arcadia that I did a few months ago. This is my 9th one in the series.
Though it’s only 5″ around, it took me 3 tries to get the outline correct. You’d think I could do it in my sleep by now. When the outline was done in Smyrna Crosses, I continued to work the divisions on the inside with Smyrna Crosses. The last stitch in each Smyrna done in the center was done with #12 Kreinik gold braid.
The last ornament Arcadia had pairs of areas that were done the same, but with different threads. This one has more area divisions. The next step was to create 4 identical areas. Rows of parallel lines where stitched with #12 Kreinik gold and then couched down with pale gray Elegance. The four areas all have this part done. The last step in this set is to do a Sprat’s Head over each area with white Neon Rays. I have one of those completed. I’ll finish the other three and then move on to the next set of four small areas to be done.
I’ll post again next week when I’m farther along with the piece.
I’ve finally finished and posted the Baluchi Rug Chart (and Tips) for purchase on my website – Threadmedley.com. You’ll find it on the page labeled – Charted Designs – Rugs.
The booklet includes 12 pages of charts for the rug, the colors and quantities of thread I used, and tips for stitching it. It is stitched using only Basketweave and Continental stitches. The chart is 227 stitches by 395 stitches. Stitching on 18 ct. canvas, my version of the rug is 13″ X 22 “.
The cost is $20.
If you have any questions about it, please email me at email@example.com.