This WIP is coming along slowly – but I’m getting there. I’m working on the largest border, trying to get to the corner across the bottom. This is the most complicated of the borders. Then I can work across the top as well. After I’ve reached the corners with the large border, I can start extending the other borders on the inside. I won’t be able to do too much more of the middle until I have the borders stitched.
Right now I’m just working on this and my first cross stitch design in the afternoons and evenings. I want to get them both completed. Then I can get back to the Stofft Santa and Ghiradelli Square. I’ve decided that I can’t have so many things going at once. So, two projects upstairs and two projects downstairs. That’s it for now. When one is done, I can start on something else.
I’ve had interruptions every morning this week and haven’t had enough stitching time upstairs. I’ve been working my way across the first band by outlining each of the motifs to make sure everything would fit. Then I started working across the band one color at a time. I haven’t gotten very far on that, but the first of each motif is completely finished and I’ve started the border that will separate this band from the next one as well. Here’s a close-up of the ones that are done.
I said that I wouldn’t use any Rhodes stitches with two colors. So I tried a Ray stitch with two colors instead. I like it! In the first motif, the dark red is a Sprat’s Head and the light blue at each end is a Ray stitch. The second motif has Mosaic and Cashmere stitches in greens and off-white. The Ray stitch is Paprika and Natural (off-white). As I work my way across the band and complete the individual motifs, I’ll stitch the dividing border and the two thread separation between the motifs. I planned on doing the dividing border in Van Dyke, but I wanted it over 3 threads instead of 4. I ended up with a very tight woven band and I do like it, so I’m not going to rip it out and change it now. I also need to get more of the outer borders done on the right side. I have a lot to do over the next week. Hopefully it will get done this time.
Here is the rug so far:
It’s looking more like one of my rugs now – threads hanging all over the place. I try to start and end threads on top of the canvas since it is so large. By next week they will all be covered up and it will look neater.
Inspiration for new designs can come from anywhere! But you know I love rug designs the most. Even though I have many books on my shelves that have rug history, rug design, Persian rugs, Tribal rugs, etc. I still love to surf the web looking for something unusual. I found this rug on UrbanRugs.com. It’s a Persian Nain rug from Iran. The wheels in my little brain have been spinning for a couple of months now – a new rug (maybe next year), needlepoint pillows and maybe some cross stitch designs.
Since I already have a large rug started, I decided to do a cross stitch design based on the center of the rug. I charted it out and started stitching. Did some ripping and then got on track with some changes. Here are the colors I’ll be using and a peek at a little of the chart (some things have changed since this photo was taken).
Right now the design is about 6″ on 14 ct Cream Aida. I’ve filled in the little holes in the borders around the middle with white floss, but I’m not sure I like it. I might try the lightest turquoise to see if I like it better (beads maybe?). The center section is now completed and I’ll be adding to the brown border as I fill in the hexagons that are completed. Eventually it will be a 12″ diamond.
I’ll try to get one point on the diamond outlined by the next time you see it.
I spent a little time every day this past week working on this. I took it off the stretcher bars so I could re-tack it tighter. But then thought, as long as it’s off the bars, why not bead the center of the design rather than leave it to the very end. So one length of thread at a time, 20 or so beads at a time, it is finally finished.
Working across the rows, they are not the same on both sides. I needed to pay attention to the chart. I worked as carefully as I could to make everything perfect, but the bottom half just isn’t as neat as the top half. When the piece is done, I will have to go back to sew on the crystals and the large square crystal that sits in the very center of the beaded flower. I don’t want anything that bulky on the fabric right now. I’ll continue to sew on the smaller beads as I go – like the carpet leading to the mosque I’ve just started. I’m going to be happy to work on just cross stitch for a while now. One day a week I’ll work on the carpet in front of the current mosque.
I forgot I had an appointment yesterday morning, so one less day to stitch on the rug over the past week. But the border is now done across the bottom and up a little on each side. I’ll keep adding to that a little each week so that I stay ahead of the bands that go across the middle.
I didn’t have a lot of time left this morning, but did a few stitches on the first band. The solid lines are done in Merlot, the darkest of the Wine Reds from Brown Paper Packages. The straight lines that fill in two of the areas were stitched in Terra Cotta and Cameo. Two other colors will be used to fill in the X area. Then I have specialty stitches to fill in the triangles.
The motif next to this one will alternate with this motif. I hope to have most of this band done for you next weekend. Here is the whole rug so far (still in the early stages).
I try to work on this a little each evening. Even a half hour helps to make a little progress. I filled in the rest of the red border and added the last border of black and white. Then I started the center section.
I still have a little of the largest border to fill in and a tiny section of brown in the center part that is completed. I’ll continue the center over the next week and also extend the largest border across the top and bottom. When that border is completed, I can slowly add the inner and outer borders. After all these years, it nice to see the halfway mark approaching.
Have you ever had a project that just didn’t want to be stitched? Where you ripped out as many stitches as you put in most days? Welcome to my last week. I practiced stitched the motif that I’m working on for this rug and I still ran into problems. I wanted the little yellow boxes to be Scotch stitches over 4 threads, like in my practice stitching, but it just wouldn’t work. Two days in a row I stitched and ripped out parts of the motif, counted the number of threads between the triangle shapes, etc. I finally found out that I had different numbers of threads between the yellow triangles! Then I could continue to stitch the way I did while I was practice stitching. Counting from a completed triangle, stitch a second triangle. Then stitch two rows of Diagonal Mosaic stitches beside each triangle shape, so it’s easy to place the Scotch stitches in the middle. They are stitched over 3 threads, instead of 4 and it works out much better than originally stitched.
Having the same number of threads between each triangle will alter the width of the rug a little, but it’s working well and I can adjust each band to follow so that it will fit in the new width. I’m doing it the way the rug has dictated, and the rug and I are both happy now. LOL
Here is the first corner with the outer and inner borders all stitched. And the color is much better than the photo last week – closer to the real color. The triangles alternate up and down across the row. There are 7 triangles across the bottom of the rug. The row will end with a triangle tipped on it’s side like the one on the left that I started with. In the photo below, you can see that I have passed the middle mark on this bottom edge. The fourth triangle, pointing down, is the center of the rug. I should be able to finish across the bottom and start up the right side before I post again next Wednesday. With a little luck, I may be able to start the first band as well. Here is the rug so far: