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.
I decided to give you one more glance at the rug before I start on this last week of stitching to the finish.
The borders on the left side are finished and I’ve started several of the borders across the bottom now. I was working on the scroll border on the left side last night, and had a rhythm going, so I didn’t stop until the whole scroll was stitched. Now I can fill in the basketweave background. All the off-white dots for the two narrow brown borders are done and I’m stitching around them also. It’s coming along well right now. Today I’m going to work mostly on the patches, trying to fill in the center section.
I’m still hoping to finish by July 10th. Why the 10th? I belong to the PetitPoint Yahoo group and they always post their latest photos on the 10th of each month. I didn’t post last month, so I want to surprise them with the finished rug this month.
I’m also working on the Pet Shop and should have it done tomorrow, so I’ll schedule the final post on Friday morning.
I haven’t had as much stitching time this past week, but the borders on the right side on completed and I’ve done some work on the center motif.
The bottom right corner didn’t come out exactly as charted, so I’m leaving that corner alone for right now. I’ve run into this before on this piece – where a border is off by one thread and there are no mistakes anywhere that I can find. So I’ll work on the borders on the left side this coming week and finish the borders by working my way across the bottom from left to right. That way I’ll end up at that trouble corner and see how it works out.
I also want to get the rest of the center motif completed, and will probably start with that first this week. There’s only about 7 rows below the stitched part, so that should be easy to accomplish.
I’ve outlined some areas in the center that I want to work on this coming week. And I spent a lot of time on the borders on the right side. Most of them have made the turn so that I can work across the bottom.
My tasks for the next week include finishing all the borders on the right side and then starting to fill in the center section that is outlined. Part of the Gobelin border that separates the borders from the center has been stitched. You can now see just how much is left to do in the center section – about 2 inches. The borders are 2.5 inches wide. Slowly but surely, it’s getting done.
I’m pleased with my progress this week and the flower section is now complete.
I’ve scrolled the canvas for the last time as well. The rug ends 10 threads below the zigzag border than has been started. I’ll work on the large motif some more this coming week, but most of the time will be spent working the borders on the right side. I want to get each border to turn the corner by this time next week. Then I can do the dark burgundy border that separates the middle from the borders all the way around. When that is done, I can work on all the areas without having to worry about if I’m a thread off anywhere. There is just under 5 inches to go!
Still not a lot of progress, but I’m getting there. I need to find a lot more time in the mornings for the next few weeks and get this done. So many other things are going on, and I have projects lined up and waiting patiently (so far). I want to get back to the mandala and the antique locomotive as soon as this rug is finished.
The last flower has been started, some work has been done on the borders to get them even with the bottom of the octagons, and I’ve started filling in the areas that are outlined. I have to get this section done this week. I want to scroll the canvas for the last time so I feel like I’m making some good progress.
I’m setting a goal to have this section done by this time next week. I won’t show you the rug again until I have that done. A little extra time each day should help.
I’ve made some progress. The outlines for the patches have been redone and I’ve started filling in the spaces. Borders on the left side have been worked on. Two more rectangles have been added to the center motif and I’ve started outlining the last flower.
This coming week, I’ll work on the scroll border on both sides and try to complete all the patches that are outlined. And I need to start filling in the rectangles and octagons for the center motif. Once the patches are done, I’ll scroll the canvas up so you can see how much is still left to do.
Little stitching progress but the chart has been studied one motif at a time and I’m very tired of counting stitches on each and every motif. But all mistakes have been corrected and I’m ready to dig in again and get this rug finished.
It dawned on me a few days ago that even though I found a mistake in the center design that needed to be corrected, the borders worked out perfectly at the center of the rug. So I started working on borders only on Wed. and today. I scrolled the canvas and stitched the green zigzag part of the large second border all the way around the rest of the rug. That’s the main thing you see in the photo below. The rug will be 22 inches in length and I now have 8 inches left to stitch. Anyone have some turbo needles I can borrow?
The light brown line through the center of the canvas was how I counted the threads left to stitch between the large + at the top to the top of the zigzag border – 102 threads. And it’s exactly 102 stitches to finish the last burgundy flower center motif and the borders above the zigzag border. A perfect fit! So I started to outline the rectangles for the last center motif this morning but they aren’t in this photo which I took before I started stitching for the day. I’ve decided to stitch as much as I can of the borders and the center motif and show you an update next Friday. The patches can wait for a little while. And I promise that as I stitch this week, I’ll get rid of all the threads hanging all over the place. I was afraid I was going to have to rip out a few sections and just left everything a mess until I made a decision of how to proceed. I’ll tidy up as I go this week.
I’ve filled in the final outlined sections in the middle so the second medallion is completed. The little patches around it are also done and I’ve worked on the borders on both sides. And I actually got a start on the final medallion with the section with the + at the bottom of the photo.
I will scroll the canvas tomorrow and start outlining some of the sections for the last medallion – a repeat of the burgundy flower from the top of the rug. I’ll continue working on patches and borders as well. It’s starting to feel like the end is in sight, but it will take a while to actually get there.
Some progress, but not a lot. I started by working on the borders along the right side. Then I returned to the middle of the rug and completed the flower and most of its background. I’ve outlined several of the surrounding motifs that now need to be filled in. And I’ve outlined some of the little patches that I can work on as well.
It’s quite obvious what I’ll be doing for the next week – borders and filling in outlined areas.
I haven’t had much stitching time over the last week, but things are starting to settle down now and I hope to return to the normal routine from now on. I have several new, small projects I want to start so I can show them to you.