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.
Since I know I’ll be posting about this every two weeks, it does keep me working on it. LOL
All the gold top stitching has been completed on the small buildings to the left of the mosque. Finally! I’ve completed the area above the tiled entrance of the mosque and started the gold top stitching on that too. The filigree on the actual door is difficult, but I plan on doing that on Friday morning. I’ve started the rows of special stitches at the top of the mosque. When they are finished, I’ll start the dome and get the minarets completed. I hope to have all of that done in the next two weeks.
I now have the rug on the larger stretcher bars and am working on the last border I can reach before I have to turn it on its side to make my life easier. Here is the motif for Band 4.
Simple stitches that are moving along quickly – mostly straight stitches and Gobelin. The burgundy is the same shade as the border around the outside of the rug. Here’s the rug so far. The photo looks a little fuzzy – sorry about that.
I’ll finish this band and then turn it on its side and work on the outer border on the right side for at least two repeats of the pattern. Then I’ll turn in around and do the same for the outer border on the left side of the rug. To give you an idea of how much I still have to do, here is a photo of the entire canvas. The stretcher bars are 24″ wide and 34″ tall. The canvas is actually 36″ long to make sure I have 2″ on all sides when it is done. I fold the extra inch at each end down over the stretcher bar so it will fit inside the knuckle of the Twin Tower floor stand. This is the reason I have the 36″ bars on the Tower now instead of the 24″ bars – so my rugs will fit tightly and make it easier for me to stitch them.
The little mess of threads on the right side are leftover threads of different colors. Most of the time I use a half length of thread at a time, so the extra half goes in the pile along with any threads that are 10″ or more in length. You never know when they will come in handy.
I still have a small border, a medium border, and a large border in the center of the rug to go – before I start repeating all the bands in reverse order. A looooong way to go.
I want to show you the final three areas before I show the whole piece. I love the little Theresicas in medium turquoise Impressions with a small X in Kreinik braid. This stitch is from Suzie’s Stitches volume 2. The Rhodes stitches in the diamonds were stitched with two shades of turquoise Impressions, a signature stitch of mine. The last set of hexagons around the outside of the piece are Ray stitches that meet in the middle done in Vineyard Silk, Jessicas stitched with Elegance and a copper bead inside each Jessica. I can’t believe how fast this stitched up – and how much fun I had choosing the stitches and getting it all finished up! I’ll get started on stitching instructions right away and hope to have them ready for purchase in a week or so. My only regret on this design is that the overdye only had two colors. I love the way it turned out since I love rust and turquoise! But I wonder if it would be better with an overdye that had 3 colors – more variations in colors to use. Also – if you are a person who wants everything to be exact and balanced, this design might not make you happy. The hexagons are not exactly “true.” They appear to be correct, but can be off a little. The stitches I chose for the hexagons help to keep the illusion of being exact. Just to let you know ahead of time. Update – I had promised that I would show you the two versions (cross stitch and needlepoint) side by side. Here they are.
Nain Diamond Cross Stitch – 2014
Now that the borders are all complete, it’s time to start filling in all those diamonds and hexagons. Like the cross stitch one, I started in the center area.
The diamonds that cross the middle from left to right and to to bottom were stitched with Jessicas. They were small ones and just didn’t look right. I ripped them out and stitched a larger version that looks better. I started to add a Smyrna stitch in the middle of each Jessica (see the bottom two diamonds) and they are too small, so they got ripped out too. The centers now have a Wheat stitch inside the Jessicas. The diamond in the middle is rust Impressions, the next ones going out from the middle are medium turquoise Impressions and the outer ones are a darker turquoise Impressions. The area around the center diamond was stitched with dark turquoise Shimmer for the grid lines and rust Impressions for the cross stitch tie downs.
For the next round of diamonds, I used both shades of turquoise Impressions to stitch the long crosses and small crosses to hold the threads together. The hexagons at the middle level are stitched with the rust using a Vault stitch from Shapes of Needlepoint. The small Smyrna stitches and the tie down for the Vaults were stitched with medium turquoise Impressions.
Now to decide on stitches for the rest of the design. I hope to have it done in another week.
It’s been a while since I showed the rug to you. I’ve been packing things away and cleaning up the needlepoint room. But I have now completed the 3rd band on the rug.
After I finished stitching the first motif, I was unsure of the colors. When I stitched the second repeat of the motif, I switched two of the colors. Still not sure of the colors. That’s where I was when I stopped stitching to pack away my stash and calm things down a little. Going back to the rug last week, I decided that I would keep both versions that I had stitched and alternate them across the row. The solid colored square between them is Nobuko stitch, so it worked up quickly. Here is the band all stitched up.
Before I start on the next band, I have something else I need to do. I’ve been working on this using 24″ and 20″ stretcher bars. Since the project is getting longer now, it will soon become more difficult to reach the areas to be stitched. So it’s time to get out the longer stretcher bars – 34″. With the rug canvas mounted on 24″ X 34″ stretcher bars, I can turn it around and work along the longer sides and get half of each band completed and then turn the rug around and stitch the other half. It’s easier on my arms and shoulders this way. So I’ll do that over the next day or two.
Then I need to work on the next band. I’m doing the practice stitching just one band at a time. So when I have the stitches figured out and the spacing across the row done, I’ll start the next row. I’m going back to posting this every two weeks, so I should have at least half of the next band done by the next post.