I’m working on the center section of the rug now. Three large diamonds are centered across the center and I’ve started to set up the design for them. The diamonds are 64 threads wide and tall. The outer border is filled in with Smyrna Crosses in two shades of Silk & Ivory oranges (tiger and giraffe). The grid in the middle of the diamonds will be filled in with Smyrna Crosses as well from all the colors that are in the rug. I won’t tell you about the areas around the diamonds just yet.
The photo below shows the rug so far. It was taken at an angle since I didn’t want to take it off the frame in order to take a straight-on photo. I’ll take extra time when the center is finished so you get a good look at it.
Since the size of this rug was determined by the outer border, I’m going to work down one side and get the outer border completed. Then I can verify that the borders as stitched so far will fit properly in the space on the bottom half of the canvas. I’m sure it will, but several of the borders cannot be adapted to be 1 or 2 smaller or larger. I want to make sure before I charge ahead to get the rug finished.
My Kreinik thread came earlier this week and I got right to work. I pulled out the silver on two squares of the teal version and restitched with the same Kreinik as the others – a pale green.
Then I completed the last square on the purple version.
I had started the pink and black one, so that got finished next. (Just noticed that one square is missing a bright pink filler. Will get that done after lunch. Don’t you hate it when you post photos and then find a mistake?)
Then I decided that I wanted one myself, but we don’t do a big tree anymore. So I chose to stitch on Congress cloth and make just two squares. It will be finished as a small pillow with just a tiny bit of stuffing. I used overdyed floss for the Amadeus Daggers, silver Kreinik for the shiny stitches, and #12 red perle for the little fillers.
I hope to have them all make up as squares and my little pillow next week. I’ll be sure to post them when they are all done. Which is your favorite? I certainly can’t decide which one I like best!
Like the teal version I showed you recently, I’ve run out of #4 Kreinik braid for this version. They are on order and will be here any day now. So there is one square that isn’t quite done.
This time, I used a medium shade of purple to do all the Amadeus Daggers and a very dark shade to stitch the edges and little fill-in areas. I didn’t think the Kreinik braid would show up very well if the sides were done in a lighter color.
While I wait for the 3 spools of Kreinik to arrive, I’ve already started the next version. Pink threads on black canvas! I little harder to see as I work, but I’ve done this enough now that I can handle it. I have the six squares outlined and I just started the first dagger. I hope to have them all done by the end of the month, but it could slide over in November. We’ll see.
I’m still working on this just one day a week, so progress is slow. But I’m pleased with my progress I’ve made in the last three weeks.
There are just a few more stitches to do to complete the top of his hat. And I’ve started filling in the background around it so you can see how it all looks. On the lower left of the hat, you can see the beginning of the band that will go across the bottom of the hat as well. I hope to have that all done by the time you see this again.
I”ve also decided that if I’m not in the mood for the complicated stitches in my needlepoint projects, I’ll pick this up once a week or so and just work on background while I watch TV. You know I have miles of that to do to the left of the hat. So maybe a few extra lengths of background thread each week will help get that done.
I’m finally working on the last of the 12 dodecagon ornaments by Jim Wurth. And would you believe – the first thread it told me to use was Grandeur G-822, the thread that is has been discontinued. So I pulled out my Splendor silk in the same number and went to work. It worked just fine. After doing the outline in Splendor and silver Kreinik, I started on the next 3 steps, all using gold and red Kreinik braid in various sizes.
This is the one that was supposed to be done on red canvas, but I used that on the last one. So this is on black and will be a little darker because some of the canvas shows through. I think it will still turn out well, with lots more gold and red. The photo doesn’t show how bright the gold is.
Lots more to do in the center next. I’ll be back with this one next week. On to the purple Threedles ornament tonight.
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’ve finished the first of the three ornaments – sort of. All of the 3 squares have an Amadeus dagger, but they are oriented differently in each one. Here is Square 2 all done. You can see how the daggers stitched in dark teal are facing in different directions.
And this is where I ran out of the Kreinik #4 braid that I was using. It’s a very light green and was used for the Ray stitch on the first square and the crescent hearts on square 2. So I tried a silver for square 3 since it will be on the top and bottom. Might be okay.
Then I read how to sew it all together to make a cube. I have to use the same Kreinik #4 braid to sew it together! Okay, time to order another spool of very light green. But before I did that, I pulled out the threads for the other two color versions I’ll be stitching as well, and ordered another spool of each of those as well. When they arrive, I’ll pull out the silver Ray stitches on this one and redo them. Until then, I’ll get the lavender canvas onto stretcher bars and start working on that one. Hopefully the additional Kreinik will be here by the time I need it for the purple version. If not, I can start on the black and pink version. I won’t be sewing any of them together until I have all 3 done, so I have lots of time.
I’ve been missing needlepoint the last few weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time on cross stitch projects. So I’ve put them away for a couple of weeks (except for Father Christmas tomorrow). So I’m working on these ornaments, the last Jim Wurth ornament, the Border Rug and hopefully this coming week, the Peru Rug. Let’s see how much I can get done by the end of this month.